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Monday, October 21, 2019

SMMC-MRCA 10/2019

Developer Threats, and New Parks 
in LA's Mountains

DEVELOPMENT THREAT IN HOLLYWOOD HILLS: comment letter to the City of Los Angeles regarding the proposed project and tree removals at 11472 Laurelcrest Drive (City Council File No. 19-1134) in Laurel Canyon, City of Los Angeles. SMMC 10/28/2019

100-ACRE L.A. RIVER PARK: develop a Los Angeles River Park Partnership that unifies efforts throughout the 100 acres of public open space at Taylor Yard, City of Los Angeles. [10-2-19 Item VI(d) Staff Report] [10-2-19 Item VI(d) Res #19-149] [10-2-19 Item VI(d) Attachment] ]MRCA 10/2/2019

EAST OF PALMDALE: donation of approximately 4.62 acres, APN 3370-017-014, Antelope Valley, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [10-2-19 Item VIII Staff Report] [10-2-19 Item VIII Res #19-155] [Item VIII Map] ]MRCA 10/2/2019

45 ACRE DONATION, NORTH SIDE OF SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:acceptance of the fee simple donation of APNs 2826-020-025, 026 and 029 in Whickham Canyon comprising approximately 45 acres and entering into an agreement with Preservation Strategies, Inc. and Lennar Homes for the sale of in lieu fee habitat credits on Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority-owned property, unincorporated Los Angeles County. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to the Government Code § 54956.8. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Robert Devogelaere. Under consideration: price and terms.) [10-2-19 Item X Staff Report] [10-2-19 Item X Res #19-157] [10-2-19 Item X Map] [10-2-19 Item X Attachment] ]MRCA 10/2/2019

261 ACRE PURCHASE, SOUTH SIDE OF SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS: authorizing 1) entering into a Project Agreement with the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District, 2) entering into a grant agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Board, 3) use of mitigation funds and acceptance of private funds for said acquisition and option payment, 4) acquisition of APNs 2821-008-031 and 035 approximately 261 acres, and 5) entering into an option agreement as necessary, Mormon and Browns Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [10-2-19 Item XI Staff Report] [10-2-19 Item XI Res #19-158] [10-2-19 Item XI map] [10-2-19 Item XI Attachment]MRCA 10/2/2019

WCB 11/2019

CA Wildlife Board to Save Key Ventura Ranch  Between "Urb's" and Ojai

FULL PRELIM AGENDA: http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=174785&inline

PROPERTIES TO BE SAVED:
Siskiyou, China Hill expansion 4, $65,000: 21 acres
Lake County, Big Valley Wetlands expansion 1, $675,000: 201 acres
Napa, Cedar Roughts expansion 1, $365,000: 87 acres
San Diego, McGinty Mounty expansion 3, $775,000: 87 acres
Nevada County, Red Mountain, $1.4 million: 633 acres
Santa Barbara, Campbell Ranch, $1.95 million: 138 acres of development rights
Ventura Hillsides, Walker-Hearne Ranch, $3 million: 2118 acres
Los Angeles/Hidden Creeks, $4.9 million: 261 acres

HIDDEN CREEKS LOCATION MAP, IN PURPLE OUTLINE:

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MORE ON THE 2118-ACRE VENTURA HILLSIDES PURCHASE (also known as Harmon Canyon):

http://www.conservationalliance.com/grants/walker-hearne-ranch-acquisition-project/

https://vcreporter.com/2015/03/conservancy-awarded-1-million-for-hillside-purchase/

https://www.venturalandtrust.org/current_projects

http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/(X(1)S(ravfqb45zt3k0g2oe5mazemx))/Project.aspx?ProjectPK=24274&PropositionPK=48


https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/15470854/7511-Foothill-Road-Ventura-CA/
Description: Peaceful valleys and Hillsides offering scenic vistas to the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Contiguous with City of Ventura boundary. County of Ventura AE zoning allowing potential for 40 acre parcels (EDITO'S NOTE: AROUND 53 HOMES). Numerous Oak trees on site. Quiet country living just a few minutes from central Ventura.

SCC 10/2019

Coastal Board to fund purchase of Santa Barbara creek park connector

FULL MEETING AGENDA:
https://scc.ca.gov/2019/10/04/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-in-arcata-october-17/

The grant is for $300,000 to the City of Santa Barbara to acquire the 5.3-acre Palermo parcel in lower Arroyo Burro watershed, Santa Barbara County, California.

FROM THE STAFF REPORT: the approximately 5.3-acre Arroyo Burro Palermo Property is a degraded but highly scenic and natural resource-rich property located within the lower Arroyo Burro watershed. Once acquired, the City will own and manage the property. The property is one of the last undeveloped properties abutting a creek within the Santa Barbara city limits. In addition, the site, which is zoned for residential development, is one of the last remaining developable open spaces in the Las Positas Valley. Acquisition will permanently protect riparian, wetland, and upland habitat associated with Arroyo Burro Creek, which runs through the property,and it will eliminate the threat of future residential development in this important portion of the floodplain. The project is part of a larger ongoing effort by the City and County of Santa Barbara to protect the Las Positas Valley and the Arroyo Burro Creek watershed. This local effort has resulted in the protection of 338-acres of open space land for habitat and passive recreation located northwest and southeast of the Palermo property


Monday, September 23, 2019

WCB 8/2019

State Buys 7300 acres of Development Rights and 1300 acres in full
(Wildlife Conservation Board meeting   August 28, 2019)

for more details and maps:

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IN THE SIERRA NEVADA FOOTHILLS:
Hornitos Ranch Conservation Easement, Mariposa County, $98,944
grant to Sierra Foothill Conservancy for a cooperative project with CDFW, the California Department of Conservation, and the California Wildlife Foundation to acquire a conservation easement over 7,100± acres located near Hornitos, in Mariposa County

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Ash Creek Wildlife Area Land Exchange, Lassen County $0
exchange of 139± acres owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for 100± acres owned by Peter and Lynn Gerig to serve as a consolidation and floodplain restoration of CDFW’s Ash Creek Wildlife Area, located near Bieber in Lassen County.

Arrowhead Ridge,CAL FIRE Conservation Easement,San Bernardino County, $0
acceptance of a conservation easement by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on 78± acres located near Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino County

Hearthstone Quitclaim, Ventura County $0
To consider the sale of a 1.6± access easement by CDFW to an adjacent landowner for the purpose of enhancing management of CDFW lands near Filmore in Ventura County.

Mendenhall Ranch Conservation Easement, San Diego County, $61,250
grant to the California Rangeland Trust for a cooperative project with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service to acquire a conservation easement over 118± acres of land for the protection of a working landscape located in an area known as Mendenhall Valley in north San Diego County.

Franklin Ridge, Expansion 2, Contra Costa County, $2,000,000
grant to the John Muir Land Trust for a cooperative project with the East Bay Regional Park District to acquire in fee 281± acres and assist in the expansion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Corridor located near the City of Martinez, in Contra Costa County.

Mormon Meadows, Mono County $1,320,000
To consider the allocation for a grant to the Wilderness Land Trust to acquire in fee 960± acres located near Bridgeport in Mono County.

Colton Sand Dunes, San Bernardino County $1,934,000
To consider the allocation for a grant to Rivers & Lands Conservancy (RLC) and the acceptance of two USFWS Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition grants and the approval to sub-grant these federal funds to RLC to acquire in fee 34± acres located in the City of Colton in San Bernardino County.

Liberty Canyon Wildlife Underpass (enhancement) Project, Los Angeles County $390,000
To consider the allocation for a grant to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains for a cooperative project with Caltrans, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy,and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to improve the ability of wildlife to cross U.S. Highway 101 by restoring and enhancing an existing wildlife undercrossing that was damaged in the 2019 Woolsey Fire, located approximately nine miles east of Thousand Oaks in Los Angeles County. (NOTE THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE PROPOSED WILDLIFE BRIDGE BETWEEN LIBERTY AND PALO COMADO CANYONS)

Mission Center, San Diego County, $1,600,000
To consider the allocation for a grant to the Endangered Habitats Conservancy to acquire in fee 42± acres located near the City of San Diegoin San Diego County.


SCC 8/2019

Land Purchases at the Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Sausalito – August 22

FULL AGENDA:

$200,000 to the Sonoma Land Trust to acquire the 54-acre Cooper Creek Addition in Sonoma County.(PROPERTY IS IN RED ON THE MAP)


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SANTA ANA RIVER-RIVERSIDE GATEWAY PARK: $2,025,000 to the City of Riverside for (1) the acquisition of 4 acres at 5200 Tequesquite Avenue in the City of Riverside in Riverside County, and (2) the preparation of designs, engineering, and environmental documentation for 9 projects along 4.7 miles of the Santa Ana River Parkway, from Fairmount Park to Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park, in the City of Riverside in Riverside County. 


SMMC-MRCA 6/24 to 9/23/2019

LA Mountain Parks News: A few new parks, a few new development threats

MALIBU AND SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

OLD TOPANGA, 46 acres-authorizing: (a) the acquisition of APNs 4438-017-008, 011, 012 and 4438-036-001 (approximately 46 acres), Old Topanga Canyon area, [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/3/2019



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4.5 acres private land inside of Runyan Canyon park-comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed 3003 Runyon Canyon Project (env-2016-4180-eir), [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Comment Letter] SMMC 9/23/2019

CALABASAS-exchange of an approximately 300-foot-long above ground waterline easement over APN 4455-012-901 to exclusively benefit APN 4455-014-002 with one habitatable structure and landscaping at 2831 Stokes Canyon Road in exchange for an access easement and a conservation easement over a minimum 20 acre portion of APN 4455-014-002, Stokes Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [8-7-19 Item X Staff Report] [8-7-19 Item X Res # 19-128] [Item X map1] [Item X map2] MRCA 8/7/2019

HOLLYWOOD HILLS: authorizing the fee simple sale of a less than 0.1-acre portion of APN 5570-021-905 and fee simple acceptance of an equal or greater area of APN 5570-024-063 to address an encroachment from 7721 Firenze Avenue, Briar Summit Open Space Preserve, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Map 2] MRCA 7/3/2019

VERDUGO MOUNTAINS: visitor facilities on dedicated and acquired open space within the former Verdugo Hills golf course, La Tuna Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] SMMC 8/26/2019 [8-7-19 Item VI(f) Staff Report] [8-7-19 Item VI(f) Res # 19-124] [VI(f) attachment] MRCA 8/7/2019

MALIBU/TRANCAS: acceptance of the offer to dedicate trail easement associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 05-160 (McKeen), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [8-7-19 Item VI(b) Staff Report] [8-7-19 Item VI(b) Res # 19-120] [Item VIb map] MRCA 8/7/2019

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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS & SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

CHATSWORTH: acceptance of donation of APN 2819-004-027, approximately 0.1 acres, Browns Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [8-7-19 Item VI(c) Staff Report] [8-7-19 Item VI(c) Res # 19-121] [Item VIc map] MRCA 8/7/2019

CASTAIC: comment letter to the County of Los Angeles on the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 114 acre, 222 homes Sterling Ranch Estates Residential Project, unincorporated Val Verde, County of Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Maps] SMMC 8/26/2019

MOORPARK: comment letter to the City of Moorpark on the Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report for the 270 acre, 755 home Hitch Ranch Specific Plan, Santa Susana Mountains. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 8/26/2019


Monday, June 17, 2019

WCB 5/2019

Preservation of More Than 2000 Acres is Funded By State Wildlife Board in May


Sierra Valley, expansion 4, purchase 468 acre conservation easement in Plumas County by Feather River Land Trust for $830,000, with $415,000 from the WCB, and $415,000 from the Federal Natural Resources Conservation Service

East Contra Costa, 120 acre Olesen/Duke property, fee title purchase by CC County, price is $1.08 million with $100,000 from the WCB, $512,000 from USFWS, and $467,000 from the East Bay Reg. Park District

Morongo Basin expansion 5, fee title purchase of 15 acres by the Mojave Desert Land Trust, price is $34,000 with $28,100 from the WCB, and $6400 from the MDLT

Ervin Ranch in El Dorado County, purchase of 1781 acres in fee title for $9.5 million, with $4.055 million from the WCB, $4.5 million from the Federal gun tax, and $1 million from CalTrans; land to be owned by CA DFW

282 acre John Henry ranch in San Diego county, purchase of fee title for $4.2 million, with $3.2 million from the WCB and $1 million from the CA Natural Resources Agency, granted to Escondido Creek Conservancy

SCC 5/2019

Two Projects Get Funding By CA Coastal Conservancy

agenda:

FILLMORE 269 ACRES-disburse up to $300,000 to Santa Clara River Conservancy to develop a restoration and public access plan for the 269 acre former California Watercress property on the Santa Clara River east of the town of Fillmore in Ventura County (purchased by the State in 2017). SCC 5/16/2019


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WEST MALIBU 136 ACRES-disburse up to $800,000 to the Trust for Public Land for the acquisition of 136 acres of undeveloped land at the headwaters of the north fork of Arroyo Sequit Creek in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Los Angeles County. Total price is $1.6 million (½ of which is coming from LA County); SCC 5/16/2019

SMMC-MRCA 4/22 to 6/24/2019

A Bunch of New Parks and Development Threats in the LA Mountains, Spring 2019

taken from the agendas of LA's mountain park agencies (Santa Monica Mountains Consrervancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority)


WHAT SHADING MEANS:
PARK PROJECTS
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Click on maps to enlarge

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MALIBU/SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

WEST MALIBU 136 ACRES--acceptance of approximately 136 acres from the Trust for Public Land (APNs 4472-005-003, 4472-005-004, 4472-005-010, 4472-006-001, 4472-006-003 and 4472-006-012), Arroyo Sequit watershed, unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/1/2019


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Lechuza Beach Public Access Improvements Project, Lechuza Beach, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] MRCA 5/1/2019

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KANAN-DUME 23 ACRES-(a) entering into an option agreement for the purchase of 23.71-acre Kanan Dume-Ramirez Canyon property (APNs 4467-002-066, 067 and 068); from Andrew Buss/Elizabeth Blakely for the Smith and Lauber Trusts. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/1/2019


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CALABASAS 19 ACRES-acceptance of an approximately 19-acre conservation easement, in exchange for development of a small area of the parcel, on APN 4455-027-039, Stokes Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019



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TOPANGA 42 ACRES-(a) the acquisition of APNs 4436-023-009, 4436-021-039 and 040 (approximately 42 acres) using mitigation funding, and (b) acceptance of private funds for said acquisition, Topanga Skyline area, Seller: Tyrone Sisson. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/5/2019


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CARBON CANYON 91 ACRES-(a) authorizing acceptance of State Coastal Conservancy’s (SCC) Santa Monica Bay Restoration Grant as recommended by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, (b) entering into a grant agreement with SCC, (c) authorizing acceptance of Los Angeles County’s Calabasas Landfill Economic Recovery Account funds, (d) entering into a grant agreement with Los Angeles County Sanitation District, and (e) authorizing acceptance of a private donation to acquire approximately 91 acres (APNs 4453-005-081, -082, -083, -084, -085, -086 and -087) in Carbon Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2]
This action will authorize the acceptance of matching funds from SCC’s Santa Monica Bay Restoration Grant funds (up to $350,000), Los Angeles County’s Calabasas Landfill Economic Recovery Account funds (up to $1,000,000), and a private donor (up to $350,000). MRCA 6/5/2019


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Coastal Slope Trail Public Works Plan, Unincorporated Los Angeles County and Cityof Malibu. SMMC 6/24/2019

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LA CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

Mission Canyon Park project, and (b) Adoption of a Youth Employment Plan, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 6/5/2019

acceptance of conservation easement over portions of APN 5577-014-009 (3020 Lakeridge Drive), approximately 1.8 acres, in the Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor and adjacent to the Lake Hollywood Reservoir, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019

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EAST LA HILLS:

acceptance of donation of approximately 0.17 acres, APN 5306-006-007, El Sereno, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019

CHINO HILLS 300 ACRES-acceptance of: (a) APNs 1033-151-27 and 1033-171-14 totaling approximately 300 acres; (b) stewardship funding, and (c) future transfer to State Parks, adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, City of Chino Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019


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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

EAST-RICE CANYONS 50 ACRES-acceptance of donation of approximately 50 acres in the Santa Clarita Woodlands (2826-029-012 through 018 and 020), unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019



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Marple Canyon Wildlife Crossing Enhancement Project in unincorporated Castaic, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/5/2019

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the PP1 and PP2 Transmission Line Conversion Project, SCH No. 2018011039, Santa Clarita and Sylmar. SMMC 6/24/2019

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MOORPARK:

ARROYO SIMI 49 ACRES-acceptance of a Transfer of Jurisdiction (apns 500-0-360-365 and 410 at 48 and 1.0 acres, respectively) from the California Department of Transportation, Arroyo Simi, Moorpark area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 4/22/2019



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LA RIVER:

Los Angeles River Environmental Flows Study, project planning and design, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] SMMC 4/22/2019 (postponed); Supplemental Analysis, [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 5/20/2019
EXCERPT: “Increased reuse (of cleaned water from sewage, rather than discharge into the rivers) could result in a reduction of instream flow, potentially impacting the beneficial uses which the Water Boards must protect via established flow rates. When a Wastewater Treatment Plant seeks to reduce the amount of water they discharge into the river, and that reduction could reduce instream flow, they must file a wastewater change petition and obtain approval under Water Code Section 1211 (1211 petition) from the State Water Board. A key provision of the1211 petition is to demonstrate that the reduced discharge will not unreasonably affect fish and wildlife, or other public trust resources.”


Saturday, April 6, 2019

WCB 3/2019

Our State Wildlife Board Financed Saving Several Thousand Acres for Wildlife in March

FULL AGENDA WITH MAPS:


IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

8 Acre Luffenholtz Beach in Trinidad in Humboldt County, transfer from State to Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

65 acre donation to state of Lower Yuba River property from Bear Yuba Land Trust

64 acres-Wheeler Ridge preserve expansions 9 and 10, in Mono County, purchase of 4 acres by the State for $150,000, and donation of 59 acres to the State from the Eastern Sierra Land Trust

32 acres-Battle Creek in Shasta County, purchase of 32 acres, price is $680,000

2607 acres-Whiskey Hill in Colusa County, purchase of conservation easement over 2607 acres by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, grant of $759,000



IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

479 acres-Coachella Valley in Riverside County, (Clifton-Lamb property, west of Palm Springs) purchase of 479 acres with federal funds

58 acres near Murrieta in Western Riverside, grant of $1.07 million in federal funds to Riverside County

5 acres purchased at Denk Mountain, in San Diego County, with $74,200 in federal funds, by the Center For Natural Lands Management

162 acres-Van Dam Cornerstone in San Diego County, grant to City of Poway for purchase of 162 acres, with federal funds

1415 acres-Desert Springs near Lake Isabella in Kern County, 1415 acres by TPL, grant of $1.38 million

120 acres-Portal ridge in North LA County, purchase of 120 acres from 2 owners by the Transition Habitat Conservancy; grant of $480,000


SMMC-MRCA 1/1/2019 to 4/3/2019

The Latest LA Mountain Park Projects, Both Good And Bad
From 1/1/2019 to 4/3/2019

KEY:
PARK CREATION PROJECTS
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ON NATURAL LANDS

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MALIBU/SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

CARLISLE CANYON: acceptance of donation of approximately 30 acres (APNs 694-0-210-120, 370 and 510), pursuant to Resolution No. 96-52, in Carlisle Canyon of the Santa Monica Mountains in unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/9/2019

LAS FLORES CANYON: acceptance of a donation of approximately 8.62 acres, APN 4448-026-072, Las Flores Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

MALIBU PIER: construction, operation, and maintenance of two beach access stairways at Malibu Pier, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/6/2019

WEST OF DECKER CANYON CAMP: acquire 40 acres APN 4472-019-002 in Los Alisos Canyon and Lachusa Canyon in the coastal Santa Monica Mountains, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/6/2019 (map also includes APNs 4472-030 003, 005, and 007)

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CALABASAS:

77 acres east of Las Virgenes Road at Agoura Road: comment letter to the City of Calabasas on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 77 acre West Village at Calabasas project (formerly called “Canyon Oaks”), containing 180 multifamily units and 5800 square feet of retail with 66 acres as open space and flood control basin. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] see attachment 3 for map
SMMC 1/28/2019

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LA CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

BEVERLY GLEN: sale of up to 500 square feet of a portion of APN 4379-032-900 and retaining a conservation easement over up to 200 square feet of said portion to resolve encroachment and retaining wall issues with adjacent property owner of 14220 Mulholland Dr., APN 4379-032-006, in the City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 3/6/2019

WEST OF 405: Mission Canyon Park project, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]

BRONSON CANYON: Under 1 acre, acquisition of APNs 5580-018-022 and 023 and accepting private funds for said acquisition near Griffith Park, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2019

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LOS ANGELES RIVER:

planning grant to Heal the Bay for study of existing Los Angeles River riverfront parks to predict ecosystem function of future riverfront projects, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/25/2019

Pacoima Wash Greenway-El Dorado Park project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

contract with Tetra Tech, Inc. for the development of an Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Revitalization Plan. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/6/2019

Los Angeles River Environmental Flows Study, project planning and design, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/6/2019

Taylor Yard G2 property owned by the City of Los Angeles and a multipurpose easement over an approximately 12.5 acre portion of APN 5442-002-823, to be acquired by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, located adjacent to the Los Angeles River in Glassell Park. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Map 2] MRCA 4/3/2019

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VENTURA COUNTY WILDLIFE CORRIDORS:

comment letter to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on the amendments to the General Plan and Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to establish a Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridors Overlay Zone, a Critical Wildlife Passage Areas Overlay Zone, and related regulations (PL16-0127). [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 2/25/2019

comment letter to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on the amendments to the General Plan and Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to establish a Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridors Overlay Zone, a Critical Wildlife Passage Areas Overlay Zone, and related regulations (PL16-0127). [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/6/2019

THOUSAND OAKS: Proposition 68 grant to the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden for a stream restoration project, City of Thousand Oaks. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/25/2019

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NORTH LA COUNTY/ANTELOPE VALLEY

sponsorship of the Antelope Valley Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (av rcis) in accordance with California Fish and Game Code Section 1852(a) and requesting the California Department of Fish and Wildlife approve the av rcis. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 2/25/2019

BOUQUET CANYON, SOUTHEAST OF HASKELL CANYON PARK: comment letter to the City of Santa Clarita on the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Bouquet Canyon Residential Development and Bouquet Canyon Road Realignment project, sch No. 2018121009, Santa Clarita. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 3/25/2019

WEST OF 14 FREEWAY, 710 HOMES AND OFFICE PARK: comment letter to the City of Santa Clarita on the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Princessa Crossroads Development Project, Santa Clarita. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 3/25/2019

Proposition 68 project planning and design grant to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for Santa Clara River projects. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 3/25/2019

Robin’s Nest Fire Recovery and Habitat Restoration Project in Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] MRCA 1/9/2019

BETWEEN 5 FREEWAY ON CASTAIC: acceptance of donation of approximately 250 acres (APNs 3244-014-051, 052; 3247-017-025, 029, 055, 058, 060, 078, 090, 092, 093, 094 and 3247-018-034), pursuant to Resolution No. 96-52, in the Marple Canyon tributary of the Santa Clara River, Unincorporated Castaic area, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/9/2019

SOUTH OF 5 FREEWAY IN NEWHALL PASS: sale of an approximately 967-square-foot portion of 2826-025-905 to Southern California Edison in coordination with METRO related to the I-5 HOV and Truck Lane Project, Gavin Canyon, unincorporated Santa Clarita area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 1/9/2019

Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon Pavilion and Access improvements, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

PALMDALE: Ritter Ranch open space: agreement with AT&T for installation of tower at APN 3206-015-900. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Item X map] MRCA 2/6/2019

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EAST LA HILLS:

restoration project at Flat Top, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 2/25/2019

Natural Park at Ramona Gardens, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

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BALLONA CREEK:

Sepulveda Channel Greenway project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

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LA COUNTYWIDE:
comment letter to Los Angeles County on the proposed Significant Ecological Area Ordinance. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 2/25/2019


Friday, April 5, 2019

SCC 3/2019

Malibu and San Mateo Coast Purchases Get $$ from the State Coastal Conservancy in March

FULL AGENDA: http://scc.ca.gov/2019/03/01/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-in-riverside-march-14/

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#5: 91 acres in Carbon Canyon: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2019/1903/20190314Board05_Santa_Monica_Bay_Restoration.pdf
see page 5

purchase of 91 acres in Malibu's Carbon Canyon, by TPL, to be owned by the MRCA
seven parcels  (Assessor’s Parcel Numbers:4453-005-081 through 4453-005-087).
Total price: $2.2 million
MAP: http://maps.assessor.lacounty.gov/Geocortex/Essentials/REST/sites/PAIS/VirtualDirectory/AssessorMaps/ViewMap.html?val=4453-005

Proposed Funding Sources:
Coastal Conservancy $350,000
California Natural Resources Agency (EEM) $500,000
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (Prop 68) $350,000
Los Angeles County (Prop A) $1,000,000
Project Total: $2,200,000

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#9: purchase of 58 acre Tunitas Creek Beach in San Mateo County, price is $8.2 million (SCC will provide $6.2 million and POST is giving $2 million. San Mateo County Parks will get the land)
http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2019/1903/20190314Board09_Tunitas_Creek_Beach.pdf

MAP: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2019/1903/20190314Board09_Tunitas_Creek_Beach_Ex1.pdf

Friday, March 1, 2019

old Eco Newsletters found on The Web.....

On Saving Land in Northern California....

I have been writing a book on saving the remaining wild lands in California. Part of this project has been finding out what every local land-conserving group has been doing.

A lot of them have websites or facebook or twitter pages. Searching through them has been a massive amount of work.

Some of these groups have published newsletters summarizing their work, and a lot of these were once posted on their websites. However, a lot of these newsletters have disappeared from their websites, likely due to the cost of hosting such a massive trove of information.

Thanks to my scanning machine and the internet archive project (archive.org), I have digitized or otherwise recovered a lot of that land preservation history. Much of what is in the following links is indexed and highlighted so you can find information about specific preservation battles quicker.


NORTHCOAST ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER'S ECONEWS, 1977 TO CURRENT:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9LmG-F54IfpblIySlNsUmZuTUE
https://www.yournec.org/econews/
https://archive.yournec.org/econews

MENDOCINO ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER NEWS 1988-2003
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qFPpCoI1Gk_aJWmNsJ3lTS4UzCccV-zh

MENDOCINO COUNTRY NEWSPAPER, 1988-2011
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tDXbAcFbQZF201xnNtnRGlnAhDTjyXP4

MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT (SOUTHWEST SF BAY) 2003 TO CURRENT
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1t50kM9qtWueS9pnCLGZPgUsWUjVK2Z3A?usp=sharing

TERRAIN MAGAZINE 1985-2010: ARTICLES ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY, NORTH COAST AND CENTRAL VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11e2-Zlkze2_gd_tH3VXd53TrVIn0GTUn

SIERRA CLUB'S REDWOOD NEEDLES NEWSLETTER 1996-2004:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1chpzfourTObR7fxZXzVyiLTbnZUk9kWv

SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE 1991-2018
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dJPdEkdGgxJr0nUxIPM39Y04BCT474IT

TREES FOUNDATION NEWSLETTERS 1998-2007:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13fAZxH2vuQSZ3kQ5LmpEYAFcTIEHsZi6

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INFORMATION CENTER, 1995-2006:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rMe7wcXzCmJA3lZUaz6Xdjmcfin24eh0

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

SCC 12/2018

Two Deals by CA Coastal Conservancy Between SLO and SF

Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Trust for Public Land to acquire the 283 acre Toro Creek Ranch located between Morro Bay and Cayucos, San Luis Obispo County.

Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) for acquisition of the 320-acre Gazos Creek Property located near Butano State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains of San Mateo County for conservation purposes, which will facilitate POST’s acquisition of a conservation easement over the 607-acre Valencia Creek Property in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Santa Cruz County for purposes of conservation and preservation of working timber lands.

Full meeting agenda: http://scc.ca.gov/2018/11/21/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-in-morro-bay-december-06/

Friday, December 7, 2018

SMMC-MRCA 11/7 to 12/10/2018

Buying The New Coastal Slope trail, Piece By Piece

from the agendas of LA's mountain park agencies in November and December of 2018


IN MALIBU AND SM MOUNTAINS:

Lechuza Beach project planning and design, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 11/7/2018 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 12/10/2018

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DECKER TO TRANCAS CANYONS TRAIL CONNECTIONS:

trail between Decker and Trancas Canyons. $325,000 for Coastal Slope Trail acquisition, permitting, and construction [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/7/2018

[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 12/10/2018


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Latigo Canyon: donation of approximately 1.44 acres, APN 4465-009-026, Malibu. [11-7-18 Item VI(f) Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/7/2018

Solstice Canyon: comment letter to Caltrans on the State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) Drainage Restoration Project Draft Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration / Environmental Assessment. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 12/10/2018

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25 acres in Corral Canyon: acceptance of a floating conservation easement, APN 4453-013-063; and -064, unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/5/2018

41 acres, Calabasas Peak motorway: authorizing: (a) a deposit payment on the acquisition of APNs 4436-001-035, 036 and 037; (b) the acquisition of said parcels with Proposition A funds, and (c) entering into an option agreement with an option payment to acquire APN 4436-001-034, upper Old Topanga Canyon watershed, [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/5/2018



North Topanga canyon: acquisition of habitat connection parcels in the north-central Topanga Canyon watershed,[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/7/2018



15 acres in Northeast Topanga Canyon: acquisition of APNs 4434-007-018 and 019 in the Santa Maria Canyon watershed [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/5/2018

[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 12/10/2018

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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

51 acres, former RV park: habitat and site restoration of the Robins Nest property, Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 11/7/2018

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LA CITY PORTION OF SM MOUNTAINS:

Temescal Gateway Park safety and restoration improvements [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 12/5/2018 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 12/10/2018

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AGOURA HILLS/INLAND SIDE OF SM MOUNTAINS:

Kanan and Agoura Road, SE corner: comment letter to the City of Agoura Hills on the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the AVE Project, [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 12/10/2018

150 acres: acquisition of Phase 4 of the Triangle Ranch project (portions of APNs 2063-005-013 and 2063-006-022), Medea Creek, [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 11/7/2018

Peter Strauss Ranch. restoration of Woolsey Fire damage [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 12/10/2018
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EAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY:

1.2 acres along Pacoima Wash, improvements to El Dorado Park, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 12/10/2018