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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is COSCA and what does it do?
  2. What is COSTAC and what does it do?
  3. What is the Conejo Open Space Foundation (COSF)?
  4. What are the primary purposes/mission of COSF?
  5. What kinds of things does COSF do?
  6. How is COSF funded?
  7. What is the relationship between COSCA, COSTAC, and COSF?
  8. Where can I report trail problems or other concerns regarding the Conejo open space?
  9. How can I learn more about the various COSCA volunteer programs?
  10. How can I contact the program coordinators for the various COSCA volunteer programs?
  11. How do I apply to become a Conejo open space volunteer?
  12. What can I do to help preserve and protect the open space COSCA administers?

What is COSCA and what does it do?
COSCA is the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. It was created in 1977 through a joint powers agreement between the city of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD). The primary responsibility of COSCA is to manage open space and to preserve its natural characteristics while providing opportunities for passive, recreational enjoyment of the natural resources. COSCA is governed by a five-member board comprised of two city council members, two CRPD directors, and one public member.
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What is COSTAC and what does it do?
COSTAC is the Conejo Open Space Trails Advisory Committee. It was formed in 1989. The purpose of this committee is to act in an advisory capacity to the COSCA board of directors, review issues and make recommendations regarding the design, implementation, construction, maintenance, and regulations of the open space and trail systems. The nine member committee is composed of three hikers, three mountain bikers and three equestrians who are appointed by the COSCA board for three-year terms.
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What is the Conejo Open Space Foundation (COSF)?
The Conejo Open Space Foundation (COSF) was established in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) (nonprofit corporation) for public and charitable purposes. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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What are the primary purposes/mission of COSF?
The primary purposes of COSF are to raise funds to promote and maintain the open space and multi-use trails of Conejo Valley, and to educate the citizens, especially children, as to their roles as custodians and protectors of the open space and the environment.
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What kinds of things does COSF do?
COSF raises and provides funding for various open space programs, ongoing open space maintenance and enhancement, and seeks funding for new open space acquisition. COSF seeks in-kind donations and volunteers to help support open space programs.
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How is COSF funded?
COSF is entirely self-supporting and is funded through yearly individual, business, charter and corporate memberships, and through individual and corporate donations and grants. Funds received by COSF are highly leveraged through the extensive use of unpaid community volunteers and other in-kind donations. The COSF board of directors donate their time and receive no monetary compensation for their services.
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What is the relationship between COSCA, COSTAC, and COSF?
Acting under its direction, COSTAC assists COSCA in its management and preservation of the Conejo open space. COSTAC gives advisory input to COSCA regarding open space matters and administers the COSCA open space volunteer programs. COSF, while independent of COSCA, works closely with COSTAC to provide funding assistance for volunteer programs as well as for other open space needs.
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Where can I report trail problems or other concerns regarding the Conejo open space?
For trail related problems contact supervisory ranger the Conejo Recreation and Parks District at 805-495-6471. For other open space concerns contact the City of Thousand Oaks at 805-449-2100.
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How can I learn more about the various COSCA volunteer programs?
Go to the COSCA Volunteer Corps pages.
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How can I contact the program coordinators for the various COSCA volunteer programs?
The contact information for the program coordinators are on the pages for the individual volunteer programs.
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How do I apply to become a Conejo open space volunteer?
Go to the COSCA Volunteer Corps Application page.
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What can I do to help preserve and protect the open space COSCA administers?
Become a supporting member of COSF or become a COSCA volunteer. Better yet, do both!
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