Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lots of Big Land Buys by State in September

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
NOTICE OF MEETING
September 3, 2015
10:00 AM
1/ Natural Resources Auditorium
Sacramento, California 95814

PRELIMINARY AGENDA:


SUMMARY:


NORTH COAST:

Mendocino County:
2018 acre conservation easement
2554 acre conservation easement

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

Napa County:
443 acres

Santa Clara County:
1831 acres


CENTRAL COAST:

Ventura County:
282 acres


CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRA NEVADAS:

Shasta County:
13 acres

Tehama County:
5545 acre conservation easement

Colusa County:
1547 acre conservation easement
2507 acre conservation easement

Butte County:
255 acres

Fresno County:
15 acre conservation easement

Kern County:
1019 acre conservation easement


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND DESERT:

Mono County:
2036 acres

San Bernardino County:
6 acres
5 acres

Riverside County:
20 acres
5 acres

San Diego County:
391 acres
1129 acres
77 acres
4 acres




DETAILS ON PURCHASES:


NORTH COAST:

Brush Creek Conservation Easement (Miller Trust), Mendocino County, $1,676,000
grant to the Mendocino Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 2,018± acres of land for the conservation and protection of managed forest lands and forest reserve areas that include Douglas fir, old growth redwood, riparian corridors, coastal watersheds and riverine habitats, and support salmonids and other rare wildlife species, located east of Point Arena, in Mendocino County.

Ten Mile River - Parker Ranch, Forest Conservation Program, Mendocino County, $3,470,000
grant to The Nature Conservancy for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement on 2,554± acres of native forest habitats, including redwood, Douglas fir and Grand fir forest in the upland zones, and mature red alder forest within the riparian zone along the Ten Mile River located near Fort Bragg in Mendocino County.


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

Blue-Ridge Berryessa CAPP, Smittle Creek, Napa County, $1,420,000
grant to the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District to acquire 443± acres of land for the protection and preservation of deer, mountain lion, and oak woodland habitat and existing regional wildlife linkages, located west of Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

Santa Cruz Mountains Linkages, Coyote Ridge (NCCP), Santa Clara County, $2,710,000
To consider the allocation for a tax credit to United Technologies Corporation for a cooperative project with Santa Clara Open Space Authority, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Bureau of Reclamation, California State Parks, California Coastal Conservancy, the Resources Legacy Fund, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to acquire 1,831± acres of land for the protection of threatened and endangered species, provide movement corridors and connectivity, and provide wildlife oriented public use opportunities, located near Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County.


CENTRAL COAST:

Cienega Springs, Ventura County, $7,545,000
acquisition in fee of 282± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and to accept settlement funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Fund for the protection of threatened and endangered species, riparian and floodplain habitat along the Santa Clara River and to provide wildlife oriented public use opportunities associated with CDFW's Fillmore Fish Hatchery located near Fillmore in Ventura County.


CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRA NEVADAS:

Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Expansion (Manner), Shasta County, $350,000
acquisition in fee of 13± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as an addition to the Mouth of Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area to provide additional access for wildlife oriented public opportunities located near Cottonwood, in Shasta County

Pine Creek Linkages (Rose Ranch), Tehama County, $1,547,000
grant to the Northern California Regional Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to acquire a conservation easement over 5,545± acres to provide protection for deer, mountain lion, and oak habitats north of the town of Chico in Tehama County.

Epperson Place Ranch Conservation Easement, Colusa County, $403,000
grant to the California Rangeland Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to assist with the acquisition of a conservation easement over 1,547± acres of land to protect and sustain the rangeland, grazing land, grassland, working landscapes, wildlife habitat, and watersheds near Bear Valley in Colusa County

Keegan Ranch Conservation Easement, Colusa County, $328,500
grant to the California Rangeland Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to assist with the acquisition of a conservation easement over 2,507± acres of land to protect and sustain the rangeland, grazing land, grassland, working landscapes, wildlife habitat, and watersheds near Bear Valley in Colusa County.

Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area Cherokee Farms, Exp. 7, Butte County, $2,640,000
acquisition in fee of 255± acres of land by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, as an expansion to the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area (UBBWA) supporting wetland habitat.

Maxwell Conservation Easement Transfer, Fresno County, $0.00
acceptance of a conservation easement over 15± acres of land,
held for mitigation purposes by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the continued protection of habitat and to prevent any use of the Property that will significantly impair or interfere with the conservation values of the Property, located in the city of Auberry in Fresno County.

Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Cummings, Kern County, $210,000
grant to The Nature Conservancy for a cooperative project with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to acquire a conservation easement over 1,019± acres of land for
the protection of native oak woodlands and rolling grasslands and to support habitat linkages and corridors between existing protected lands, located 25 miles southeast of Bakersfield and eleven miles northwest of the city center of Tehachapi in Kern County


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND DESERT:

Summers Meadow, Mono County $1,345,000
acquisition in fee for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to acquire in fee 2,036± acres of rangeland including wet meadow, chaparral and sagebrush scrub habitat areas supporting deer, mountain lion, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and the greater sage grouse, located near the community of Bridgeport in Mono County.

Puma Canyon, Expansion 6, San Bernardino County, $66,000
grant to the Transition Habitat Conservancy to acquire 6± acres of land, to conserve lower montane chaparral and woodland habitat for the benefit of deer, mountain lion and other wildlife species, located in Puma Canyon on the lower northern slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains, near the community of Pinon Hills in San Bernardino County.

Shay Meadows Conservation Area Expansion 2 (Whitcher), San Bernardino County, $56,650
grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust (SBMLT) and the acceptance of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Land Acquisition Grant and the approval to subgrant these federal
funds to the SBMLT to acquire in fee 5± acres of land for the protection and preservation of wet meadow and seasonal pond habitat supporting State and federally listed species, located near the community of Big Bear City, east of Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County.

Shay Meadows Conservation Area Expansion 3 (Smith), San Bernardino County, $28,925
grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust (SBMLT) and the acceptance of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Land Acquisition Grant and the approval to subgrant these federal
funds to the SBMLT to acquire in fee 3± acres of land for the protection and preservation of wet meadow and seasonal pond habitat supporting State and federally listed species, located near the community of Big Bear City, east of Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County.

SR-91 Wildlife Underpass Design, Riverside County, $400,000
grant to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for a cooperative project with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to complete the design work for the replacement of an existing box tunnel with a bridge to facilitate wildlife crossing at a Caltrans Right of Way on SR-91, located approximately 0.7 miles west of the Green River Road Interchange in the City of Corona in Riverside County.

Western Riverside MSHCP (2012) – Dyer/Wynn, Riverside County, $128,200
grant to the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority to acquire in fee 20± acres of land in western Riverside County located near the city of Lake Elsinore in Riverside County

Western Riverside MSHCP (2012) - McCormick, Riverside County, $68,000
grant to acquire in fee 5± acres of land in western Riverside County located near Murrieta in Riverside County

Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area Expansion 5, San Diego County, $390,551
acquisition in fee of 391± acres of land that supports key populations of the endangered quino checkerspot butterfly as an expansion to the Hollenbeck Wildlife Area located near the
community of Jamul approximately 20 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Lucky 5 Ranch, Phase II, San Diego County, $510,000
grant to Anza-Borrego Foundation for a cooperative project with the San Diego Association of Governments, The Nature Conservancy, and the Resources Legacy Fund to acquire in fee 1,129± acres of land for the protection of habitat that supports endangered species, promotes the preservation of habitat linkages and corridors between existing protected lands, and offers the potential to provide for wildlife oriented public use opportunities, located near the community of Cuyamaca in San Diego County.

Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve, Expansion 5, San Diego County, $77,650
acquisition in fee of 77± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the protection of core areas of habitat to support threatened and endangered species and to secure key regional wildlife linkages all consistent with an existing Multiple Species Conservation Plan, a joint Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan, located near the City of El Cajon in San Diego County.

Buena Vista Ecological Reserve (MacHutchin), San Diego County, $1,360,000
grant to The Buena Vista Audubon Society to acquire in fee 4± acres of coastal wetlands located near Oceanside in San Diego County.

Malibu Creek Rindge Dam Removal, Planning, Los Angeles County, $610,000
To consider the allocation for a grant to the California Department of Parks and Recreation for a cooperative project with the United States Army Corp of Engineers, State Coastal Conservancy/Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles County, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Mountains Restoration Trust to complete the combined Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the removal of the Rindge Dam, located two miles north of City of Malibu in Los Angeles County.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

LA MOUNTAIN PARKS PURCHASES AND DEVELOPMENT THREATS

New 1200 Acre San Andreas Fault Park in Works 


From the Agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for March through June, 2015

SHADING LEGEND:
PARK ACQUISITION:
DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS:

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IN THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY AND NORTH L.A. COUNTY:

 
ON 1200 ACRES NORTH OF LAKE HUGHES: acquisition of (a) fee title to APNs 3240-016-001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 3243-018-009, 3240-015-024 and 025, totaling approximately 712 acres, and (b) an option to purchase APNs 3243-013-009, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 065, 3243-018-007 and 016, totaling approximately 488 acres, located in the Lake Hughes area. Under discussion: price and terms. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and David Tomblin on behalf of Tomblin and Associates and Le Park North, LLC.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 6/1/2015 [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 6/1/2015

NEWHALL RANCH: comment letter to Los Angeles County on the Notice of Preparation for the Entrada North Project Draft Environmental Impact Report, unincorporated Santa Clarita area. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Attachment] SMMC 3/30/2015

WEST OF LAKE CASTAIC: comment letter to Los Angeles County on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the NorthLake Specific Plan Project, unincorporated Castaic. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 4/27/2015

comment letter to the Los Angeles County Sanitation District on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for Alternate Deep Well Injection Site (sch No. 2014081077), Santa Clarita Valley. [Staff Report] [Attachment] SMMC 3/30/2015

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SIMI HILLS AND SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:

WILDLIFE CORRIDOR BETWEEN CHATSWORTH PEAK AND CHATSWORTH RESERVOIR: comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Notice of Preparation for the Andora Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (sch No. 2015021057), Chatsworth, Simi Hills. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4] SMMC 3/30/2015

comment letter to County of Los Angeles regarding proposed North Aliso Oil Field Project in the Santa Susana Mountains, Santa Clara River watershed, unincorporated County of Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 6/1/2015

agreement to conditionally exchange APN 2819-010-905 for APN 2819-003-010 owned by Chatsworth Habitat, LLC, Deerlake Highlands, unincorporated Chatsworth area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 5/6/2015

application for grant funds from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District for the Countywide Competitive Grant Program for the a) $410,000 Woolsey-Box Canyon Project, [Staff Report] [Resolution A] MRCA 5/6/2015

grant of Proposition 40 funds to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for capital improvements at Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon, Santa Clarita Woodlands, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map ] SMMC 4/27/2015

capital improvements at Mentryville, Pico Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 4/27/2015

capital improvements at Michael D. Antonovich Regional Park at Joughin Ranch, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map ] SMMC 4/27/2015

MOORPARK—VENTURA COUNTY: comment letter to the Ventura County Planning Division on the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Wayne J Sand and Gravel Mine Expansion. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 3/30/2015

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MALIBU AND SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS: (from east to west)

Franklin/Ivar Park project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 5/6/2015

application for grant funds from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District for the Countywide Competitive Grant Program for the $710,000 Cahuenga Pass Project [Staff Report] [Resolution C] MRCA 5/6/2015

Wilacre Park, Los Angeles: capital improvements. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map ] SMMC 4/27/2015; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/1/2015

Beverly Glen Canyon, City of Los Angeles: acceptance of a donation of 0.67 acres (APNs 4371-015-013, -020, 4371-016-025, 4371-024-004, 4371-041-012, -019, 4380-030-010). [Staff Report] MRCA 5/6/2015

acceptance of a conservation easement over an approximately 5.5 acre portion of APN 4382-024-005 (14100 Mulholland Drive), Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 3/26/2015

Canyonback Restoration project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] MRCA 5/6/2015

Big Rock beach: acceptance of payment of funds from the applicant of CDP 5-84-791-A1 for the construction of new access improvements within undeveloped public beach vertical accessways [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 4/1/2015
Malibu Road Accessway. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 5/6/2015

Stokes Canyon, north of Saddle Peak: acceptance of a donation of APN's 4455-027-006, 007, 008 totaling 10 acres [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/1/2015

Puerco Canyon, Project Planning and Design of visitor-serving capital improvements. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map ] SMMC 3/30/2015
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 3/26/2015

INHOLDINGS IN MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK: acquisition of 47.5 acres, APNs 4464-020-023, 025, 030, 042, 050, 051, 052, and 064, in the upper Malibu Creek watershed, County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/1/2015

Escondido Canyon Public Access project planning and design work, [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 6/1/2015 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 5/6/2015

Lechuza Beach, City of Malibu: Public Access Improvements Project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map ] SMMC 4/27/2015
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/16/2015

(1) acceptance of assignment of the Turnaround Easement from Malibu Encinal Homeowners Association (portion of Assessor parcel number [APN] 4470-021-007) and (2) granting an easement on portion of Lot 156 (APN 4470-028-918) to property owner of 31842 West Sea Level Drive, Lechuza Beach, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] [Attachment] MRCA 5/6/2015

acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit Nos. 4-94-114 (Ferris/Topanga), 4-93-137 (Onsoien/Topanga), 4-93-033 (Bittle/Topanga), 4-92-246 (Ulmer/Kart/Decker Road), 4-95-054 (SAM Trust/Topanga) and 5-86-349-A2 (Johnson/Latigo Canyon), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/1/2015

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ANGELES FOREST AND FOOTHILLS:

grant of Proposition 84 funds to the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy for the preparation a Conceptual Area Protection Plan covering a portion of the Rim of the Valley Corridor from Big Tujunga Wash, Verdugo Mountains, San Rafael Hills, and upper Arroyo Seco. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 3/30/2015

application for grant funds from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District for the Countywide Competitive Grant Program for the $610,000 Pacoima – Kagel Canyon Project, [Staff Report] [Resolution B] MRCA 5/6/2015

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L.A. RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES:

grant of Proposition 84 funds for project planning and design of public improvements at the Los Angeles River Taylor Yard G2 property. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map ] SMMC 4/27/2015

Presentation of the Safe Routes to the River: Connecting Schools to the Los Angeles River study. [Staff Report] MRCA 6/1/2015

grant application to the City of Los Angeles L.A. for Kids grant program for Proposition K funding for the Los Angeles River / Caballero Creek Confluence Park project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 4/1/2015

grant application to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for Proposition 84 funding for Project Planning and Design of the Los Angeles River Greenway–San Fernando Valley project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 5/6/2015

L.A. RIVER—STUDIO CITY: Use Agreement with the Los Angeles County Flood Control District for operation and maintenance of the Zev Yaroslavsky Greenway Project, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 5/6/2015

SUN VALLEY: grant of Proposition 84 funds to the Council for Watershed Health for the Glenoaks Greenway Project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Attachment 2] SMMC 4/27/2015

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EAST L.A. HILLTOPS:

North East Los Angeles Hilltops and Connectors project planning and design work, Los Angeles River watershed. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 4/27/2015 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/16/2015

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BALLONA CREEK:

letter of participation to Cal Fire for an Urban & Community Forestry Program grant application for Ballona Creek - Milton Park, Phase 2 acquisition and development. [Letter] [Resolution] MRCA 4/1/2015

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ASSORTED ISSUES:

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS AND SIMI HILLS: Malibu Canyon Tributaries and Adjacent Watersheds project planning and design work. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 4/27/2015; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/16/2015

Eastern Santa Susana Mountains – Western San Gabriel Mountains Watersheds project planning and design work, Los Angeles River watershed. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 4/27/2015 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/16/2015

comment letter to Caltrans on the State Route 710 North Study Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Section 4(f) De Minimis Findings. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] SMMC 6/1/2015

comment letter on National Park Service Rim of the Valley Special Resource Study. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 6/1/2015

resolution adopting FY 15/16 MRCA Workprogram. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 4/1/2015


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

State Helps Purchase of Big Sonoma Coast Gem

State Coastal Conservancy to Fund Saving 1600 Acres at Late June Meeting

For Agenda:


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

IN MARIN COUNTY: 351.2 ACRES
IN SONOMA COUNTY: 1235 ACRES

Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $400,000 to Marin Audubon Society for the acquisition of a 5.2 acre property adjoined to the north, east and south by the Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve in Marin County. Coastal Conservancy 6/25/2015

Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to the Marin County Open Space District to acquire the 16 acre Sky Ranch property adjacent to the Bald Hill Open Space Preserve and Marin Municipal Water District land in Marin County. Coastal Conservancy 6/25/2015

Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $475,000 to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust for the acquisition of a conservation easement over the 330-acre Gallagher Ranch in west Marin County. Coastal Conservancy 6/25/2015



Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to The Wildlands Conservancy for the acquisition of the approximately 547-acre Estero Ranch property in southwestern Sonoma County for the purposes of habitat protection, public access and agricultural preservation. Coastal Conservancy 6/25/2015
Landowner seeks $6.9 million. An additional $1 million was granted by the Moore Foundation for this purchase: https://www.moore.org/grants/list/GBMF4622


Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to the Trust for Public Land to acquire the 688-acre parcel known as the Richardson-Kashia property for the purposes of natural resource protection and public access in coastal Sonoma County. Coastal Conservancy 6/25/2015


CENTRAL COAST:

14.7 ACRES IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to the Trust for Public Land to acquire a 14.7 acre parcel in lower Arroyo Burro watershed, Santa Barbara County. Coastal Conservancy 6/25/2015

State $$ Saves 6718 Acres from Bulldozers

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD FUNDS LAND PURCHASES

Development Rights purchased (also known as “conservation easements”): 4951 acres
Land purchased in full: 1767 acres

Taken from the May 21, 2015 Meeting Agenda


IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRA NEVADAS:

Placer County OEST Ranch Oak Woodlands Conservation Easement, $189,000
grant to the Placer Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 36± acres of land located west of Highway 49, north of the City of Auburn in Placer County. WCB 5/21/2015

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 58, Tulare County, $0.00
acquisition of three separate parcels of land totaling 4± acres. WCB 5/21/2015

Butte Creek Meadows Working Forest, Siskiyou County, $1,679,500
grant to Pacific Forest Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 3,468± acres of land for the protection of a mixed conifer working forest habitat linkages located near the community of Montague in Siskiyou County. WCB 5/21/2015


Spenceville Wildlife Area, Conservation Easement (Robinson Ranch) Nevada County, $2,135,000
acquisition of a conservation easement over 1,447± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for a cooperative project with The Trust for Public Land, for the protection of native oak woodlands habitat near Penn Valley in Nevada County. WCB 5/21/2015

Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area, Expansion 14, Yuba County, $2,630,000
acquisition in fee of 732± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. WCB 5/21/2015

Long Gulch Ranch,Tuolumne County, $876,000
grant to the Mother Lode Land Trust to acquire in fee 576± acres. WCB 5/21/2015



IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Western Riverside MSHCP (2013) – Kaelin, Riverside County, $880,675
grant to the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority to acquire 25± acres . WCB 5/21/2015

Western Riverside MSHCP (2014) – Lloyd, $118,750
grant to the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority to acquire 162± acres. WCB 5/21/2015

Metcalf Bay – 2014 RLA Grant, San Bernardino County, $731,200
grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust (SBMLT)to acquire in fee 17± acres of land to promote recovery of rare and endangered plant and wildlife species, located within the City of Big Bear. WCB 5/21/2015

San Diego County Water Authority (Rancho Cielo) San Diego County, $1,520,000
grant to The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC)to assist with the acquisition of 251± acres. WCB 5/21/2015



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Duh!

Developer Group Laments the Lack of Developable Land in Coastal Counties


Maybe because they've developed it all??

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-orange-county-housing-shortage-20150330-story.html

"developable land is growing sparse along the coast"

...“The era of big master-planned communities is not quite over, but it’s ending,” he said

One Commenter: Interesting how the problem is always labeled as a housing shortage rather than overpopulation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

From the Angeles Sierra Club blog, Oct. 2014 to March 2015.....

An Update on the Few Unsettled Eco Hot-Spots Left in L.A. and Orange County


IN ORANGE COUNTY:

BANNING RANCH IN NEWPORT BEACH: one of the last unsettled development battles in the OC

3/2015
Removal of native habitat at Banning Ranch halted
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/03/removal_native_habitat_banning_ranch_halted

2/2015
You can help save Banning Ranch in Orange County
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/02/you_can_help_save_banning_ranch_orange_county


12/2014
Sierra Club urging Coastal Commission to protect Banning Ranch
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2014/12/sierra_club_urging_coastal_commission_protect_banning_ranch
Violations of the California Coastal Act is damaging one of the last coastal open space sites in Orange County.

http://www.banningranchconservancy.org/habitat.html

MAP: http://banningranchconservancy.org/geofeatures.html

http://banningranchconservancy.org/development-Plan.html
(the land owners propose to build 1375 homes and a 75 room hotel/resort plus 75,000 square feet of commercial space on 97.5 acres out of the 401 total acres site. The remaining 300 acres would be preserved as open space)

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3/2015
A long-awaited (and deserved) land victory in Orange County. Who cares why it happened?
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/03/long_awaited_and_deserved_land_victory_orange_county_who_cares_why_it_happened
On the end of Irvine Ranch Company's plans for East Orange and Gypsum Canyon

MORE ON THIS ISSUE:
http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/2014/08/irvine-company-donates-2400-acres-to.html



1/2015
Sign our petition to protect Aliso Canyon in O.C.
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/01/sign_our_petition_protect_aliso_canyon_oc
Help us protect Aliso Canyon and open the promised Trail to the Sea.


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IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

3/2015
Do you want to keep Griffith Park wild? New shuttle plan reopens roads in the park
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/03/do_you_want_keep_griffith_park_wild_new_shuttle_plan_reopens_roads_park

12/2014
What's at stake if U2 musician is allowed to trash Malibu hillside
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2014/12/whats_stake_if_u2_musician_allowed_trash_malibu_hillside
David Evans, a.k.a. the Edge, wants to build five mansions in a sensitive coastal area. Why is he tone deaf to the environmental impact?


10/2014
What's included in the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2014/10/whats_included_new_san_gabriel_mountains_national_monument
The 346,177-acre designation covers a little more than half of Angeles National Forest. Here's how you can help the new monument along.

10/2014
California's San Gabriel Mountains to be preserved as national monument
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2014/10/californias_san_gabriel_mountains_be_preserved_national_monument


Monday, March 30, 2015

Santa Susana Mountains park grows

Santa Clarita buys more open space


http://www.signalscv.com/m/section/36/article/134837/

By Luke Money
Signal Staff Writer
March 29, 2015


City Council members have approved another boost to Santa Clarita’s open space by agreeing to buy about 173 acres of vacant land near the Newhall Pass. (SEE MAP ABOVE:  from right to left: AIDLIN PARCELS, Taylor Property, and Gateway Ranch)
The council signed off on purchasing the property for about $1.91 million at its most recent meeting last Tuesday 3/24/15.
The property, approximately 173.54 acres in all, is near Newhall Pass and west of other city-owned open space in Towsley Canyon.
Purchase of the property “will enhance the city’s on-going efforts to preserve open space lands and improve trail connectivity throughout the Newhall Pass,” the agenda from last week reads.
The property will also create an additional link from the Santa Susana Mountains to the San Gabriel Mountains and enhance Santa Clarita’s greenbelt west of Interstate 5, city officials say.

The city has purchased several parcels recently to expand its Open Space Preservation District in Newhall Pass.
In October, city officials dedicated the 302-acre Gateway Ranch property in Newhall Pass as open space. http://scvnews.com/2014/10/29/city-officials-cut-the-ribbon-on-gateway-ranch-open-space/

That land was once proposed to be part of the massive Las Lomas development project — a controversial plan that called for a 5,500-home community with 2 million square feet of commercial space and a 300-room hotel on the northeastern side of Interstate 5 just above the junction with Highway 14.
http://hikesantaclarita.com/where-to-go/gateway-ranch/


Also last year, city officials dedicated the Taylor Open Space, which covers 114 acres and is located in Lyons Canyon west of The Old Road and north of the city-owned Rivendale Park (which is in Towsley Canyon). http://www.signalscv.com/archives/128098/

http://scvnews.com/2014/09/22/council-tuesday-city-could-buy-never-built-lyons-canyon-ranch/

http://hikesantaclarita.com/where-to-go/taylor/

BELOW: the Taylor Open Space