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


park lovers need parking lots...

Griffith Park at the Heart of L.A. gets More Car traffic (temporarily?)


3/30/2015
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-hollywood-sign-20150330-story.html
L.A. opens 1.1-mile stretch of Mt. Hollywood Drive to help (lazy) tourists seeking closer views of the Hollywood sign

(EDITOR"S NOTE: these roads in the heart of Griffith Park were closed to cars 20 years ago)

Meanwhile, the City is studying a plan to link the park to the rest of the Santa Monica Mountains park system using 180 acres of city water department land:
http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/11/25/48280/proposed-trails-would-cross-where-mountain-lion-p/


more on wildlife migration at Griffith Park:
http://gpconnectivity.blogspot.com/

http://www.friendsofgriffithpark.org/



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tejon Ranch and Onyx Ranch update

Urban Sprawl and Industrialization of Wilderness vs. Condors and other birds: the battle continues...

By Rex Frankel,

Dear Readers:

An issue we have followed very closely in the past has been attempts to connect the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles with the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento metropolises. Most active has been the desert and oil field County of Kern, home to Bakersfield.

The two largest landholdings at play in Kern are the 270,000 acre Tejon ranch and the 68,000 acre Onyx Ranch. I have covered them both quite extensively:

http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search/label/Tejon%20Ranch

http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search/label/Onyx%20Ranch




                                              CLICK ON MAP TO ENLARGE

Tejon's owners want to build around 30,000 homes in the mountains east of Frazier Park along the 5 freeway (the Grapevine) in three separate projects which straddle the San Andreas Fault. Two are in Kern County and the largest is proposed in L.A. County. The two Kern county projects have faced unanimous approval by Kern County's elected politicians. The L.A. County project, called Centennial, faces a less certain future. So far, the economic likelihood of the housing projects going up at Tejon is very low, as the far north L.A. County economy has yet to recover from the end of the Cold War in the 1990's.

Onyx Ranch, on the other hand, is a desolate desert wilderness east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains which is now going to be split between windmill farms on the south half and an off-road vehicle park on the north, surrounded by an existing federal dune buggy and motorcycle play zone called Jawbone.

Here is the latest on these projects from the web:


TEJON: 

7/17/2014
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/california-condor-07-17-2014.html
Condor advocates, conservationists and American Indians this week notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they intend to sue over the agency’s approval of a “habitat conservation plan” that will destroy 14,000 acres of designated critical habitat for the California condor, one of the world’s most endangered birds. The habitat is entirely located on Tejon Ranch, north of Los Angeles, and will be destroyed by the development of the proposed Tejon Mountain Village resort project. Tejon Ranch encompasses some of the most important and essential foraging habitat for condors, much of it protected since 1977.

MORE INFO:
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/save_tejon_ranch/condor_controversy_history.html
                          
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ONYX:

12/31/2014
Eastern Kern County Property Acquisition complete by State Parks Department for Off-Roader Park

BELOW: parcels in red were purchased by the State Parks Department. The parcels in gray to the south were kept by the landowner to be developed as windmill farms.


By Susan Barr / excerpted from the Kern Valley Sun


... the OHMVR Division hoped to acquire was approximately 28,275 privately-owned acres in eastern Kern County. The 59 parcels proposed for acquisition were largely interspersed in a checkerboard fashion, with the bulk of the land owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with some parcels adjoining the Sequoia National Forest or lands under other private or public ownership. (See Parcel Map.) The proposed project parcels were used primarily for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation, grazing, camping, wildlife viewing/birding, and other activities.


Motorized travel, including OHV recreation, occurs throughout much of the area, largely on designated roads and trails. A few of the project parcels were within the Jawbone Canyon open area, in which vehicles are not restricted to designated routes.
By acquiring the parcels, the OHMVR Division would be able to improve overall management of the area as land managers would have complete access to manage and support the recreational uses, protect sensitive resources, and restore and rehabilitate damaged areas...


Dan Canfield, Manager - Planning Office, OHMVR Division, out of Sacramento, confirmed yesterday in a telephone interview with the Sun, that the exchange of funds has taken place and escrow has been completed with regards to payment for land acquired for the East Kern Land Acquisition Project. The largest land owner was the Renewable Resources Group (RRG).

Canfield clarified that the process of Eminent Domain was not utilized, despite the fact that lengthy negotiations were required to come to a purchase price agreement with some of the land owners.


Canfield stated that he anticipates a seamless transition and that the focus will now be on assuring how lands in the acquisition can be conserved for future generations, while continuing recreational use as it has existed in the past. He added that the public should not expect to see new roads or trails becoming available.


http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27211
http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/25010/files/nod_ekca-final-eir.pdf
Final approval document, 10/4/2013

http://www.jawbone.org/foj/



MORE ON THE NATURAL VALUES OF ONYX RANCH:

http://traenviro.com/experience/representative-projects/eastern-kern-county-property-acquisition-eir/
From east to west, the lands rise from the high floor of the western Mojave Desert into the southern Sierra Nevada and Piute Mountains. In general, the area is rugged and dominated by desert scrub habitat in the east and by woodland in the west. Unique biological resources include Butterbredt Spring, a significant migratory bird stopover site, habitat for listed species such as the desert tortoise, and a raptor migratory corridor between the Kern River Valley and the Mojave River. The lands are also rich in cultural resources. The area is used for motorized recreation, open range grazing, camping, wildlife viewing/birding, and other activities

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More Critter Parks...

CA Wildlife Board Funds Purchase of 18,175 acres of Habitat and Buys 13,333 Acres of Development Rights

Taken from the Agendas for the California Wildlife Conservation Board for November 2014 to March 2015.... http://wcb.ca.gov


ON THE NORTH COAST:

Blue Creek, Humboldt/Del Norte County $5,035,000
--grant to Western Rivers Forestry for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy, Wyss Foundation, the Yurok Tribe and the New Market Tax Credit Program to acquire 6,479± acres of land near the town of Klamath, and traversing both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. WCB 11/20/2014 and 3/12/2015

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Viera/Perley) $882,500
--acquire 260± acres located in the Diablo Mountain Range, about 6 miles southeast of the Town of Clayton in Contra Costa County. WCB 2/25/2015

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CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRAS:


Granite Chief Wilderness--American River Headwaters, Placer County $3,500,000
--grant to American River Conservancy for a cooperative project with the California Natural Resources Agency and private donations to acquire 9,955± acres of land to help preserve alpine forests on the headwaters of the Middle and North Forks of the American River in Placer County. WCB 2/25/2015
Mt. Shasta Headwaters Forest, Hancock Phase I (Town Block), Siskiyou/Shasta County
$9,090,000
--grant to the Pacific Forest Trust for a cooperative project with the California Department of Transportation to acquire a forest conservation easement over 12,644± acres of land covering a
significant portion of the upper watershed of the McCloud River, located near the town of McCloud and transversing both Siskiyou and Shasta Counties. WCB 11/20/2014

Little Shasta Valley Conservation Easement, Fogg Gulch, Siskiyou County, $53,000
--grant to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to acquire a conservation easement over 645± acres of land. WCB 11/20/2014

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 50-56, Tulare County, $0.00
--acquisition of 8 separate parcels of land totaling 12.98+/- acres. The funding source is being
provided by the California Department of Corrections Statewide Electric Fence Project mitigation fund. WCB 11/20/2014

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 57, Tulare County $0.00
--acquisition of two separate parcels totaling four± acres of land. WCB 2/25/2015
Barry Point Fire Forest Restoration, Modoc County $2,500,000
--grant to the Pacific Forest Trust for a cooperative project with the landowner to restore forest habitat within the privately-owned Collins Timber Company’s 32,686-acre Lakeview Tract, located just west of Goose Lake, approximately 30 miles north of the city of Alturas in Modoc County. WCB 11/20/2014

San Joaquin Wetlands Associates Settlement (MID Eminent Domain) Stanislaus County $0.00
--accept a perpetual conservation easement over 44± acres of natural and managed wetlands, upland
habitats, and riparian areas on 12 privately-owned parcels in western Stanislaus County as part of a Settlement Agreement related to the Modesto Irrigation District’s Westley to Rosemore Transmission Line Project. WCB 2/25/2015
East Sacramento County Blue Oak Legacy Area, Expansion 3 (Graves) $810,000
--grant to the Sacramento Valley Conservancy to acquire 100± acres approximately six miles south of the city of Folsom and three miles north of the community of Rancho Murrieta. WCB 2/25/2015
San Joaquin River Parkway, Jenco Farms , Fresno County, $911,400
--acquisition of 23± acres, WCB 2/25/2015
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CENTRAL COAST:

Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve, SLC Lease Amendment, Santa Barbara County, $0.00
-- adding 175± acres of land currently under the jurisdiction of the California State Lands Commission. WCB 2/25/2015
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing, Los Angeles County $650,000
--grant to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains for a cooperative project with Caltrans, Los Angeles County, a private landowner, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to enhance an existing undercrossing to allow wildlife to cross Highway
101, located approximately nine miles east of Thousand Oaks in Los Angeles County.
WCB 11/20/2014

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Western Riverside - Monte Cristo, $60,800
--acquire 21± acres of land near the community of Murrieta. WCB 11/20/2014

Western Riverside - Oldar, $95,000
--acquire 157± acres of land near the community of Temecula. WCB 11/20/2014

Western Riverside, Evandel – Wilson, $146,200
--acquire 80± acres of land near the community of Murrieta. WCB 2/25/2015
Western Riverside, Evandel – Bergstein, $218,565
--acquire 108± acres near the community of Murrieta. WCB 2/25/2015
MAP: https://picasaweb.google.com/rexfrankel/SouthernCaliforniaNewParks#6141417031356621218

Metcalf Meadow, Recovery Land Acquisition Grant (2013), San Bernardino County $570,000
--grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust to acquire14± acres located within the city of Big Bear. WCB 11/20/2014

Puma Canyon, Expansion 5 (Saylor) San Bernardino County $44,000
--grant to Transition Habitat Conservancy to acquire six± 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. WCB 2/25/2015
County of San Diego (PWRG) San Diego County, $227,090
--grant to the Endangered Habitat Conservancy (EHC) to acquire fee title to 79± acres and then transfer the property to the State CDFW, located near El Cajon. WCB 2/25/2015
County of San Diego, $1,625,295
--grant to the Endangered Habitats Conservancy to acquire a total of 634± acres from three separate landowners near the city of El Cajon.WCB 2/25/2015
City of Carlsbad (Cielo del Norte, Phase ll) San Diego County, $10,000
--grant to The Escondido Creek Conservancy to acquire fee title to 242+/- acres of land
for the protection of California gnatcatcher habitat in San Diego County. WCB 2/25/2015
MAP: https://picasaweb.google.com/rexfrankel/SouthernCaliforniaNewParks#6141416904924666994