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Monday, September 14, 2020

SCC 6+9/2020

 Coastal Land Deals for June and Sept 2020 by the Coastal Conservancy


DEL NORTE: disburse up to $96,000 to the County of Del Norte to assess the feasibility of expanding camping opportunities and develop a park improvement plan for 2.25 acre Clifford Kamph Memorial Park, the northern gateway to the California Coastal Trail, in Del Norte County. SCC 6/2020

MAP: https://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2020/2006/20200618Board03C_Kamph_Park_Ex1.pdf


HUMBOLDT COUNTY: authorization to substitute Friends of the Dunes as the interim fee owner of the 356-acre Samoa Dunes and Wetland Complex and disburse up to $30,000 to Friends of the Dunes to provide interim management of the 356-acre Samoa Dunes and Wetlands Complex in Humboldt County, CA. Currrent owner is Security National. In 2018, SCC allocated $673k for the purchase. SCC 9/2020

MAP: https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2020/aug/10/harbor-district-friends-dunes-develop-agreement-se/


MENDOCINO COUNTY: amend the Conservancy’s revenue sharing agreement with The Conservation Fund (TCF) related to the Garcia River Forest (formerly known as Coastal Forestlands), Mendocino County. SCC 9/2020


SONOMA COUNTY: disburse up to $500,000 to the Sonoma County Regional Parks to acquire approximately 515 acres in the Dutch Bill Creek watershed, a tributary to the Russian River, to protect open space, habitat, natural floodplain and water quality and to provide an opportunity to develop a future regional parkway with recreational trails. Funding is by: Sonoma County: $2.167k, Regional parks Measure M: $445k, CA State Parks: $954k. SCC 6/2020

MAP: https://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2020/2006/20200618Board07_Dutch_Bill_Creek_Acquisition_Ex1.pdf

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY: disburse up to $5,000,000 to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to acquire the approximately 235-acre Sobrato South property for protection of open space, natural floodplain, wildlife habitat, biological resources, and agriculture; natural resource restoration; and compatible public access, as part of a larger Coyote Valley open space acquisition effort in the City of San Jose in Santa Clara County. One of the significant regional values of theCoyote Valley is that itprovides a linkage between theSanta Cruz Mountainsand the Diablo Rangefor both the movement of wildlife and for the migration of species .

The Sobrato South acquisition terms require that the Brandenburg, Sobrato North and Sobrato South parcels be acquired together because of the properties’ interrelated infrastructure easements. To successfully complete this complicated and costly acquisition, the OSA is working with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and the City of San José. The City of San José acquired part of the Brandenburg property,Brandenburg East, and OSA holds a conservation easement over this property. POST acquired the remainder of the Brandenburg property, Brandenburg West, and the Sobrato North. POST will eventually transfer its interests in the Brandenburg West and the Sobrato North propertiesto OSA, likely next year. POSTis also the buyer under the Sobrato South acquisition agreement but will assign its rights to purchase the Sobrato South property to OSA and provide $1,000,000 toward the acquisition. OSA anticipates that the remaining $15,000,000 necessary to complete the acquisition will be coming from the Wildlife Conservation Board($10,000,000)and from the Conservancy ($5,000,000), and $1 million from POST.. SCC 6/2020

MAP: https://baynature.org/article/the-last-big-save/

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: transfer fee title to five Conservancy-owned parcels adjacent to Hidden Beach County Park to the County of Santa Cruz and approval of the disposition plan for the property transfer; and authorization to disburse up to $35,000 to the County of Santa Cruz to prepare plans, environmental review documents, and permit applications for a new restroom at Hidden Beach County Park. SCC 9/2020

MAP: https://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2020/2009/20200903Board07_Hidden_Beach_Ex3.pdf


SAN LUIS OBISPO: disburse up to $600,000 to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for the acquisition of a conservation easement on the 717-acre Nicholson Ranch in northern San Luis Obispo County. The ranch is adjacent to the 1,779-acre Hill Ranch that has also been protected by a conservation easement recorded in 2018 with funding support from Conservancy Proposition 1 funds. Further west, the Hill Ranch shares a border with the 2,032-acre MK Ranch which was donated to the Land Conservancy in February 2020 for perpetual conservation purposes . Additional Funding is from: Dept of Conservation $1mil, WCB $760k. Total cost is $2.36 million. SCC 9/2020

MAP: https://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2020/2009/20200903Board08_Nicholson_Ranch_Ex2.pdf


ORANGE COUNTY: disburse up to $2,460,000 to acquire the 44-acre Newland Marsh property in Huntington Beach from the California Department of Transportation, and to transfer the property to the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy.

The purchase is part of a 191-acre wetlands complex located on the north side of the Santa Ana River. The complex consists of four areas: Talbert Marsh, Brookhurst Marsh, Magnolia Marsh and Newland Marsh(Exhibit 1). The complex is all that is left of an almost 3,000-acre wetland that once existed at the mouth of the Santa Ana River. All the other marshes except Newland Marsh have been acquired and restored by the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy(HBWC).Acquisition of Newland Marsh will complete the protection of the Huntington Beach Wetlands Complex . HBWC has already completed full tidal restoration at Talbert, Brookhurst, and Magnolia Marshes. Project costs: SCCC $400k, WCB $1.08 million, USFWS $980k SCC 9/2020

MAP: https://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2020/2009/20200903Board09_Newland_Marsh_Acquisition_Ex1.pdf


ORANGE COUNTY: disburse up to $250,000 to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority to prepare plans, CEQA documentation, and permit applications for wetland restoration and public access facilities in the southern area of the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Seal Beach. SCC 9/2020

Since its formation, LCWA has acquired 166 acres, of which the Conservancy has helped fund the acquisition of 66 acres and has prepared conceptual restoration plans for the entire 500-acre complex.

MAP: https://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2020/2009/20200903Board03D_Los_Cerritos_Wetlands_Southern_Area_Ex1.pdf


Saturday, September 12, 2020

WCB 8-2020

 Purchase of Major Link in SF Bay Ridge Trail Funded (#27 on agenda)


Agenda, more details and maps: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=182030&inline

27. Tilton Ranch, linkage in the Bay Ridge Trail system, buy 1741 acres in Santa Clara County with $4 million from WCB, $4.9 mil from USFWS, $2 mil from Moore Foundation, and $660k from Santa Clara county for $15.8 mil total

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7. Samoa Dunes and Wetlands, purchase 357 acres, grant pf $700,000 added to $625k from SCC, and 669k from CA NRA, total $1.95 million, from Security National Corp

9. CAL FIRE Mailliard East Ranch 3659 acre Conservation Easement in Mendocino County; CalFire get ownership of the CE. Funds: SSRL $668k, NWFW $250k, CA NRA $500,000, FLP 4.2 mil

10. Crocker Meadows Wildlife Area, Expansion 3, buy 231 acres in Plumas County, $369K all from WCB.

11. Middle Fork of the American River, Chapman Canyon, buy 543 acres in Placer County, with $435k all from WCB, to be owned by ARC.

14. Morongo Basin, Expansion 7, buy 29 acres with $89k from WCB, plus $16K FROM THE mdlt

15. Morongo Basin, Expansion 8, BUY 206 acres with $663k from WCB plus $117K FROM mdlt

17. Western Riverside MSHCP (2017) Welsh, buy 19 acres, with $161 k from WCB and $299k from USFWS

18. Otay Mesa Vernal Pool, purchase of about 1 acre for $24k from the WCB and $45k from USFWS

19. Rancho Jamul Land Exchange with developer, 219 acres to developer, 339 acres in fee and 191 acre conservation easement to the State

20. Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Conservation Area Oswit Property, buy 114 acres for $1.2 million from WWCB and $3.7 mil from USFWS, $1.2 mil from CVMC and $1 mil from Save Oswit Canyon

23. Liberty Canyon Wildlife Overpass Crossing, $5mil from WCB, total cost $83 million

28. Rancho Caleta, buy 38 acres in Colusa County for $608k from WCB

29. Temescal Ranch, purchase 1171 acres in west Santa Clarita Valley in LA County with $818 k from WCB, $500,000 from NFWF, and $281 k from USFWS for total price of $1.6 mil

30. Grinsell Ranch , buy 1278 acres in Napa County with $1 mil from WCB and $250k from the Moore Foundation

31. Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve, Expansion 6 , buy 624 acres with $1.4mil from WCB

32. Tehachapi–Bear Mountain, buy 3148 acres for $3.5 mil from WCB in Kern County

33. Newland Marsh buy 44 acres in west Orange County with $1.08 mil from WCB, $980k from USFWS, and $400,000 from the State Coastal Conservancy

Friday, September 4, 2020

SMMC-MRCA 6/24/2020 to 9/2/2020

 Malibu Parcel With Longtime Illegal Buildings to be Bought by Mountains Conservancy

(and other park deals from the agendas of the SMMC and MRCA from 6/24 to 9/2/2020.)


47.5 acre Witter property: Latigo canyon: acquisition of parcels in unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/5/2020

“Seven parcels totaling 47.5 acres in Latigo Canyon, known as the Madalon Witter property, have been in default with Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector’s (TTC) office for many years. The California Coastal Commission (Commission) has an Abstract of Judgment encumbering the property for Coastal Act violations. ...The purchase price of both Agreements is estimated to be approximately $150,000 payable in 2021. ...The property abuts NPS Castro Crest property on three sides. After the acquisition is complete, MRCA will work with NPS staff regarding potential transfer of title to NPS....There is no plan to formally designate or open up any trails on the property. “



LA CITY-EAST SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:


comment letter to the City of Los Angeles regarding the proposed removal of protected trees related to the proposed 75,000 square foot house project at 9650 Cedarbrook Drive (apn 4387-022-021), adjacent Franklin Canyon Park in Coldwater Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4] SMMC 6/29/2020


West of Franklin Canyon: acceptance of a conservation easement (approximately 2 acres) over APN 4355-005-001, 1471 SummitRidge Drive, City of Los Angeles. MRCA 7/1/2020 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]


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MALIBU-WEST SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:


comment letter to the County of Los Angeles on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan and Community Standards District Update, sch No. 2018071065, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 6/29/2020


101 Freeway Bridge: an official request and acceptance to the City of Agoura Hills and California Department of Transportation for a Transfer of Jurisdiction to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy of a portion of the pending vacation of Vendell Place for Liberty Canyon wildlife corridor permanent habitat protection purposes, City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 6/29/2020


Ramirez canyon: amending an existing conservation easement in exchange for new conservation easement area of equal or greater size (7 acres for 7.5 acres) on APN 4467-003-021, and acceptance of processing fee, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 9/2/2020


North side of Saddle Peak: acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 5-85-214-A3 (Ghosn, Michael), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] MRCA 8/5/2020


North side of Saddle Peak: acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 4-01-046 (PCH-Tyler Associates), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Map] MRCA 8/5/2020


Topanga Canyon: acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 5-91-436 (BMIF/BSLF Rancho Malibu), APN’s: 4444-013-018; combined w -019; now -020, incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] MRCA 8/5/2020

[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/24/20


Cold Creek: acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 5-91-436 (BMIF/BSLF Rancho Malibu), APN: 4455-021-902, incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 8/5/2020


Cold Creek: acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 5–90-525 (Fred Winograd), incorporated and

unincorporated Malibu [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/24/20


Cold Creeek: acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 4-98-196 (Omata), incorporated and unincorporated

Malibu [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/24/20



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NORTH LA COUNTY:


Stickelback Ranch, Bobcat Canyon, Robin's Nest, MRCA-owned parcels: grant of conservation easements to the Desert and Mountain Conservation Authority over all or a portion of APNs 3209-008-908, 909, 910, 911, 912; 3210-009-907, and 908 in Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 9/2/2020


Agua Dulce Creek State Route 14 Wildlife Undercrossing Enhancement Project in unincorporated Agua Dulce area, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 8/5/2020


257 acre Hidden Creeks Park Public Access Improvement Project near unincorporated Chatsworth area, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/5/2020





Friday, August 28, 2020

Assorted State-Forests and Fires-Funded Land Purchases

 2017-2019 CAL FIRE Forest Health Grant Awardees

EDITED FROM:

https://kiem-tv.com/2018/08/13/humboldt-county-organizations-to-receive-millions-in-grant-funding-for-wildfire-prevention/

https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/10990/17-18_cci_fh_grant_awardees_web.pdf

http://acconsensus.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-CCI-Awards.pdf

https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/10994/2018_2019_cci_fh_fl_rp_awards_web.pdf

https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/11016/2016_2017-cal-fire-cci-fh-grant-awards_web.pdf

https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/10653/fy-2019-2020-fh_fl_rp-grant-awards_web.pdf

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY:


762 acre Grizzly Creek forest CE (PURCHASE OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS WITH A CONSERVATION EASEMENT, LAND REMAINS PRIVATE) in Humboldt county, $1.2 million to Sean and Kathryn O'Day

-CalFire 7/2017 to 6/2018

--Forest Legacy Program granted $995,000 to purchase, https://www.toposandanthros.com/blog/2018/7/9/community-forest

https://kiem-tv.com/2018/08/13/humboldt-county-organizations-to-receive-millions-in-grant-funding-for-wildfire-prevention/

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restoration work on 484 acres; A part of 11,000 acres of existing CE's in Humboldt county, Redwoods to the Sea Corridor/Mattole River watershed; CalFire 7/2017 to 6/2018

http://sanctuaryforest.org/programs/land-conservation/land-acquisition/

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purchase of 49 acre Forsyth-inholding addition to Arcata community forest, grantee: City of Arcata. $227,000. (expansion of community forest began in 2006, adding 559 acres)

MAP: https://madriverunion.com/arcata-community-forest-gains-49-acre-forsyth-tract/

-CalFire 7/2017 to 6/2018

https://madriverunion.com/forsyth-property-being-logged-prior-to-city-purchase/