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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

WCB 12/2020 to 5/2021

Wildlife Board Deals:

 AGENDA AND MAPS: 

WCB 12/8/2020

LAND SWAP

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=184797&inline


WCB 2/25/2021

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=189232&inline

 

WCB 5/2020: 

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=191969&inline  

 

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NORTH COAST:

CAL FIRE Grizzly Creek Forest Conservation Easement over 762± acres by CAL FIRE under the California Forest Legacy Act of 2007, located near Fortuna in Humboldt; WCB 5/20/2021

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CENTRAL VALLEY/SIERRA NEVADAS:

Truckee River Wildlife Area, Canyon Unit Expansion 1 CDFW Fee (120± acres) Total price: $135,000 from WCB, County: Nevada; WCB 2/25/2021

Truckee Springs Fee Title (25± acres) Grantee: Truckee Donner Land Trust; total price: $2,000,000 from WCB, $1 million from California Natural Resources Agency, and $3 million in Private Donation. County: Nevada, WCB 2/25/2021

San Joaquin River Parkway, Lanes Property CDFW Fee (21± acres) Total price: $2,200,000 from WCB. County: Fresno; WCB 2/25/2021

Blue Diamond Acquisition Fee Title (19± acres) Grantee: City of Sacramento. TOTAL PRICE: $1,640,000 FROM WCB County: Sacramento; WCB 2/25/2021

Lower Yuba River – Excelsior, Expansion IV $50,000, Yuba County acquisition of 3± acres of land by CDFW as an addition to CDFW's planned Yuba Narrows Unit of the Daugherty Hills Wildlife Area in Yuba County; WCB 5/20/2021.

Lightning Canyon Ranch Conservation Easement $795,000, grant to Pacific Forest Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 2,096± acres of land near the community of Lakehead in Shasta County. ; WCB 5/20/2021

Mountain Meadows (Home Ranch) $950,000 Lassen County, grant to the Trust for Public Land for a cooperative project with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement over 2,476± acres of land; WCB 5/20/2021

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

Keyhole $1,075,000, grant to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to acquire in fee 182± acres located near Los Gatos Creek in Santa Clara County. ; WCB 5/20/2021

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CENTRAL COAST:

Ventura River Parkway Fee Title (29± acres) Grantee: Trust for Public Land Successor Grantee: Ventura Land Trust. TOTAL PRICE: $4,750,000 AND $1 MILLION FROM California Natural Resources Agency. County: Ventura; WCB 2/25/2021

Calmas/Hayes (North Carrizo Ecological Reserve) $0 San Luis Obispo County donation of 485± acres by CDFW as an expansion of the North Carrizo Ecological Reserve located near Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County. ; WCB 5/20/2021

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Burcham and Wheeler Flats Wildlife Area, Expansion 2 CDFW Fee (160± acres) Total price: $300,000 from WCB. County: Mono County; WCB 2/25/2021

Puma Canyon, Expansion 8 Fee Title (14± acres) Grantee: Transition Habitat Conservancy; total price: $95,500 from WCB. County: San Bernardino County;

WCB 2/25/2021

Puma Canyon, Expansion 9 Fee Title (3± acres) Grantee: Transition Habitat Conservancy total price: $24,000 from WCB. County: San Bernardino County; WCB 2/25/2021

Western Riverside MSHCP (2017) Startup Fee Title (7± acres) Grantee: Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority; Total Price: $42,000 from WCB, and $8,000 from USFWS. WCB 2/25/2021

County of San Diego MSCP (2019) Donelson Fee Title (14± acres) Grantee: San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Total price: $97,900 from WCB, 4352,100 FROM USFWS, AND $50,000 from San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy; total price:; WCB 2/25/2021

Laguna Wildlife Area, Expansion 9 Fee Title (47± acres) Total price $1,300,000 from WCB. County: Sonoma; WCB 2/25/2021

Western Riverside MSHCP (2019) Woods Canyon Fee Title (62± acres) Grantee: Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority; total price: $1,932,500 FROM WCB AND 45.8 MILLION FROM USFWS.County: Riverside; WCB 2/25/2021

Rancho Jamul Land Exchange ; 120 ACRE increase in State Lands; exchange of properties between CDFW and GDCI Proctor Valley, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, (GDCI) Land Exchange Amount Recommended: $0 County: San Diego; WCB 12/8/2020

Hidden Canyon $613,750 San Diego County, grant to the Escondido Creek Conservancy (ECC) subgrant these federal funds to ECC to acquire 25± acres of land; WCB 5/20/2021

Chino Hills 80 $600,000 San Bernardino County , a grant to the MRCA to acquire in fee 80± acres of land; WCB 5/20/2021

Chino Hills 320 $2,560,000 San Bernardino Count , grant to the MRCA to acquire 320± acres of land; WCB 5/20/2021

Watson Property $1,416,000 Orange County To consider the allocation for a grant to Rivers and Lands Conservancy (RLC) subgrant these federal funds to RLC to acquire 98± acres; WCB 5/20/2021


SMMC-MRCA Jan-April 2021

LA Mountain Park purchases deals, early 2021

KEY TO SHADING:



GREEN: park purchases

RED: development projects

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CHINO HILLS:

Acceptance of an approximately 9.4-acre parcel (APN 315-013-09) adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, Carbon Canyon, City of Brea.

2-3-21-Item-vij-Staff-Report

Item-Vj-Attachment

Item-vij-map

2-3-21-Item-vij-Res-21-21

MRCA 2/3/2021



Grant agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Board and authorizing the acquisition of all or a portion of APN 1033-171-41-0000 (formerly 1033-171-12-0000 and 13-0000) totaling approximately 80 acres, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County.

2-3-21-Item-VIII-Staff-Report

Item-VIII-Attachment

Item-VIII-map

2-3-21-Item-VIII-Res-21-24

MRCA 2/3/2021


Grant agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Board and authorizing the acquisition of all or a portion of apns 1033-151-06-0000, 1033-151-09-0000, and 1033-151-10-0000 totaling approximately 320 acres, Chino Hills, San Bernardino County.

2-3-21-Item-IX-Staff-Report

Item-IX-Attachment

Item-IX-map

2-3-21-Item-IX-Res-21-25

MRCA 2/3/2021


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SANTA CLARITA:


Application to the Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program for Phase 3 of the Temescal (Hathaway) Ranch acquisition project, and acceptance of said funds, Piru Creek watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County.

2-3-21-Item-VII-Staff-Report

Item-VII-map

2-3-21-Item-VII-Res-21-23

MRCA 2/3/2021


Acceptance of approximately 6 acres (APN 2813-024-800) from Southern California Edison in Mint Canyon, Upper Santa Clara River watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. 

2-3-21-Item-XIII-Staff-Report

2-3-21-Item-XIII-Map

Item-XIII-map2

2-3-21-Item-XIII-Res-21-29

MRCA 2/3/2021



Comment letter to the City of Santa Clarita on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Sand Canyon Resort Project, SCH No. 2018101039.

1-11-21 Item 12 Comment Letter

Item 12 attachment

Item 12 map

1-11-21 Item 12 Res # 21-02

SMMC 1/11/2021


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LA CITY—SM MOUNTAINS


Acceptance of a conservation easement over a portion of APN 4379-032-006 to enhance wildlife corridor along Mulholland Drive, City of Los Angeles.

2-3-21-Item-XIV-Staff-Report

Item-XIV-map1

Item-XIV-map2

2-3-21-Item-XIV-Res-21-30

MRCA 2/3/2021


Funding to assist the Laurel Canyon Land Trust in acquiring apns 5563-003-005 and 5563-002-021 (8993 and 9009 W. Crescent Drive – approximately 5,000 total square feet) and 2) the acceptance of a conservation easement over both parcels, City of Los Angeles.

3-10-21 Item VI(c) Staff Report

3-10-21 Item VI(c) Resolution

MRCA 3/10/2021



Acquire apns 2386-003-003, 2386- 003-004, 2386-006-001, 2386-006-002, 2386-010-008, 2386- 010-009 and 2386-011-002 (approximately 26 acres), Ventura Canyon, City of Los Angeles. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Patrick Kealy. Under consideration: price and terms.

3-10-21 Item VI(h) Staff Report

3-10-21 Item VI(h) Resolution

MRCA 3/10/2021


BRENTWOOD: Comment letter to the City of Los Angeles regarding the Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report (ENV-2019-4565-EIR) for the proposed Berggruen Institute Project in Mandeville Canyon and the Sepulveda Pass, City of Los Angeles. 

1-11-21 Item 11 Comment Letter

1-11-21 Item 11 Attachment

1-11-21 Item 11 Res # 21-01

SMMC 1/11/2021


Big Wild – Topanga State Park Core Habitat Area Planning Map.

2-22-21 Item 14 Staff Report

2-21-22 Item 14 Map

SMMC 2/22/2021



TARZANA: Letter of intent for the Conservancy to be a co-lessee with the Bothwell Ranch Foundation for the approximately 14-acre Bothwell Ranch orange grove property located within the Santa Monica Mountains Zone, Tarzana area, City of Los Angeles. 

4-19-21 Item 8(e) Staff Report - Pdf

4-19-21 Item 8(e) Res # 21-12

SMMC 4/19/2021



Updates to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Eastern Santa Monica Mountains Habitat Linkage Planning Map, City of Los Angeles

4-19-21 Item 8(f) Staff Report - Pdf

4-19-21 Item 8(f) Res # 21-13

SMMC 4/19/2021



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EAST LA HILLS:


Grant to the Natural Resources Defense Council, as fiscal sponsor for Save Elephant Hill, for a study of the ecological impacts of off-road vehicle usage on Elephant Hill, Los Angeles.

3-10-21 Item VI(e) Staff Report

3-10-21 Item VI(e) Resolution

MRCA 3/10/2021



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MALIBU, SM MTS;


Acceptance of donation of approximately 33 acres in the Carlisle Canyon area (APN 694-0-181-500), unincorporated Ventura County.

4-7-21 Item VI(c) Staff Report

4-7-21 Item VI(c) Resolution No. 21-58 - Pdf

MRCA 4/7/2021



Acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 4-00-028 (Layman Financial Services), Instrument No. 2000-1594969, (APN 4464-020-034 now -921) unincorporated Los Angeles County. 

4-7-21 Item VI(f) Staff Report

4-7-21 Item VI(f) Resolution No. 21-61 - Pdf

MRCA 4/7/2021



Acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 4-00-028 (Layman Financial Services), Instrument No. 2000-1594968, (APN 4455-023-004 now -902) unincorporated Los Angeles County. 

4-7-21 Item VI(g) Staff Report

4-7-21 Item VI(g) Resolution No. 21-62 - Pdf

MRCA 4/7/2021



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SIMI HILLS:


Status of Design Efforts for Trail Connection from the 80 Acres to CRPD/COSCA Open space

SMMC 3/30/2021  


One acre, apns 649-0-305-100 and 649-0-306-040 in Box Canyon, Simi Hills, unincorporated Ventura County. 

4-7-21 Item VI(e) Staff Report

4-7-21 Item VI(e) Resolution No. 21-60 - Pdf



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LA RIVER:



Comment letter to the County of Los Angeles on the Draft 2020 Los Angeles River Master Plan, Los Angeles County.

SMMC 2-22-21 Item 15 Attachment

SMMC 2/22/2021

4-19-21 Item 8(b) Staff Report

4-19-21 Item 8(b) Res # 21-09

SMMC 4/19/2021



Comment letter to the County of Los Angeles on the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for the Draft 2020 Los Angeles River Master Plan, Los Angeles County. 

4-19-21 Item 8(c) Staff Report

4-19-21 Item 8(c) Res # 21-10

SMMC 4/19/2021






Saturday, December 12, 2020

SMMC-MRCA 9/21 TO 12/21/2020

LA MOUNTAINS UPDATE

 

LA CITY PORTION OF SM MOUNTAINS:


SEPULVEDA PASS: Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of conservation easement, approximately 0.5 acres, over portions of APN 2279-022-022 (3485 Vista Haven Road), in the Sepulveda Pass and Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Attachment] MRCA 11/4/2020


LAUREL CANYON: Consideration of resolution authorizing expenditure of Community Facilities District funding to contribute to the acquisition of APNs 5567-018-039, 5567-018-040 and 5567-018-050 in Laurel Canyon (0.29 acres) with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority receiving conservation easements over all or some of said APNs, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/2/2020


WOODLAND HILLS: Consideration of resolution authorizing the acceptance of fee simple, conservation easement, or deed restriction donations or dedications of various areas within 6 acre APN 2076-023-019 and entering into any agreements necessary to secure such land interests, Woodland Hills, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/2/2020


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MALIBU


ESCONDIDO BEACH: Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of a public coastal access easement over Los Angeles County Assessor Parcel No. 4460-009-016 (PNRW LCC), Malibu, California. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Government Code § 54956.8. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and PNRW LCC. Under consideration: price and terms.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] MRCA 12/2/2020


ESCONDIDO BEACH: Consideration of resolution authorizing acquisition of fee title to approximately 0.57 acres (APN 4460-028-012), Escondido Beach, Los Angeles County. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Jerry Miller, Mansard Holdings Inc. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] MRCA 12/2/2020



AGOURA-CALABASAS:


AGOURA HILLS: Consideration of resolution authorizing the sale of a public road easement to the County of Los Angeles over of APNs 2055-010-901 and 2052-009-900 in Chesebro Canyon in Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 11/4/2020


STOKES CANYON: Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of agricultural easement, approximately 16 acres, over portions of APN 4455-028-044 in unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3]MRCA 11/4/2020



TOPANGA:


TOPANGA: Consideration of resolution authorizing 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), Instrument No. 00-0235507, incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] MRCA 12/2/2020


Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of mitigation payment for settlement of California Coastal Commission enforcement action (V-5-19-0109) in Topanga State Park and vicinity. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 12/2/2020



SIMI HILLS:


CHATSWORTH PEAK: Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of conditional donation of APNs 648-0-270-325, 648-0-121-210, 648-0-121-440, and 648-0-121-540 (119.11 acres) by Chatsworth Peak, Simi Hills, unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 12/2/2020

WCB 11/2020

 Conservation Land Deals by Our State Govt In November

11/2020 WCB agenda; for maps: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=184600&inline

(NOTE: CE means purchase of development rights, not outright purchase of the land)


NORTHERN CALIFONIA:

Bouvier ranch 1596 acre CE in Siskiyou county, grant $630,000 to Siskiyou LT (total price 630k)

Buck Mountain mitigation, expansion 1, Humboldt County, 114 acres, no funding required

Scott River Headwaters, Wildcat, 8269 acre CE in Siskiyou County. WCB grant of $2.5.million (total price)

Vanauken Creek CE in Humboldt County, 1320 acres CE, grant to Sanctuary Forest LT. Other funders include: CDFW $1.85 mil, Sanctuary Forest LT $595k, Weeden Foundation $45,000, Grace Us Foundation: $30,000


CENTRAL VALLEY:

Telegraph Ridge 2416 acre CE in Colusa County, $498,000 grant (total price) to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Moody ridge in Placer county, grant of $195,000 to Placer land trust, 41 acres bought with $195,000 (TOTAL PRICE)

San joaquin river parkway, Slenders property, purchase 35 acres in Madera county, total grant and price $995,000

SJ River Parkway in Fresno County, transfer of public access easement from CDFW to SJRC (over private landfill)

San Joaquin river parkway, Sumner-Peck Ranch in Fresno County, purchase of 76 acres with WCB grant of $3.6 million to San Joaquin Parkway and Conservation Trust inc. which is providing $96,000


CENTRAL COAST:

Nicholson Ranch CE, $760,000 grant to Land Conservancy of SLO County to buy 717 acre CE. Additional funds are from Dept of Conservation $1 mil, SCC $600,000

 

 

SOUTHERN CALIF.

Morongo Basin expansion 9 in San Bernardino County, 79 acres bought with $539,000 from WCB and $95,000 for the Mojave Desert LT

Denk Mtn, expansion 1, $75,000 granted to the Center For Natural Lands Management to buy 6 acres in San Diego County. Funds include $140,000 from USFWS

LeoMar Preserve in San Diego County, 79 acres bought by Escondido Creek Conservancy with $718k from WCB and $1.3 mil from USFWS

San Diego County HCP, White Property, buy 103 acres with $453k granted to the San Dieguito River Valley Land Conservancy which is providing 226k, and USFWS granting $1.6 million

Pilgrim Creek Ecological Preserve, purchase of 61 acres in San Diego County for $1.6 mil from WCB (total funds)

There were no purchases in the special December 2020 meeting


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