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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tax $$ to save 6296 riverfront acres in Calif.

State Hands out $34 million for New 
River Parks and Trails


2012 PROPOSITION 84, ROUND 2, RIVER PARKWAYS GRANT RECIPIENTS

11/26/2012--The California Natural Resources Agency today announced over $34 million in funding for 33 proposed river parkway projects statewide. These projects will create recreation opportunities for families, restore fish and wildlife habitat, provide flood management, and enhance California’s river parkways.

…In total, the grants will fund more than 31 miles of trails and more than 7,500 acres of wildlife habitat restoration and land acquisition.

For full info release:

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LIST OF LAND PURCHASES TO BE FUNDED:

Alpine County parks dept.:  6 acres--Markleeville Creek Acquisition - $136,000

El Dorado County:  American River Conservancy –2,566 acres-- Cosumnes River Parkway - $1,800,000

Yuba and Nevada Counties: Bear Yuba Land Trust – Rice’s Crossing: Yuba River Acquisition - $1,900,000
Acquire the 2,706-acre Rice’s Crossing property immediately below New Bullards Bar Dam adjacent to Yuba River State Park to provide trails for public use and improve river health for salmon fisheries.
The Rice's Crossing property spans both sides of the Middle Yuba River and is bounded by Bullards Bar Reservoir to the north and South Yuba River State Park to the south.
"This property knits together more than 8,500 acres of protected open space and contains six miles of the Yuba River," said Markley Bavinger, project manager for the Trust for Public Land.
(BELOW: RICE'S CROSSING LOCATION)


L.A./San Bernardino County line: The Conservation Fund – Mount Baldy Ranch Land Acquisition - $868,000. Acquire 237 acres along San Antonio Creek in the San Gabriel Mountains

Humboldt County: Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. – Ryan Creek Community Forest Project - $1,000,000. Acquire approximately 1,200 acres of timberland adjacent to Ryan Creek, establishing a Community Forest for the city of Eureka, which will practice sustainable timber management.

Tulare County: Sequoia Riverlands Trust – Kaweah Oaks Preserve Acquisition $410,181
Acquire approximately 22 acres of riparian habitat adding approximately one-half mile of creek frontage along Deep Creek to the Kaweah Oaks Preserve.

Nevada County:  The Sierra Fund – Deer Creek Tribute Trail & Restoration Project (Acquisition) $739,111. Acquire approximately 32 acres of riparian habitat for the purpose of habitat restoration/enhancement and public access.

Sonoma County parks dept:  Mark West Creek Regional Park and Open Space Preserve - $1,000,000
Acquire 297 acres in the Mark West Creek watershed creating a 1,100-acre regional park and open space preserve providing hikers, cyclists and equestrians access to 20 miles of developed trails crossing grasslands, woodlands and creeks.

Placer County: Trust for Public Land – North Fork American River – Big Bend Acquisition - $1,368,000. Acquire 460 acres known as the Big Bend Property which is bisected by the North Fork American River to protect habitat and wildlife corridors and improve public access to the river.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

State to Save amost 7700 acres from bulldozing this month

State to buy more wildlife preserves in November

SUMMARY:
3468 ACRES PURCHASED IN FULL
2200 ACRES OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHT PURCHASED (conservation easements)


NOTICE OF MEETING--WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
November 29, 2012, 10:00 AM, State Capitol, Room 11, Sacramento, California 95814

FINAL AGENDA:
CENTRAL VALLEY:

Shanghai Bend River Access $10,000 -- Sutter County
acquisition of 13± acres by Quitclaim Deed from Sutter County-- west bank of the Feather River in southeast Sutter County.


Conaway Ranch Conservation Easement (Change of Scope) $0.00 --Yolo County
acquisition of four friendly agricultural conservation easements (three outside and one within the Yolo Bypass) by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), located east of the cities of Davis and Woodland. This change of scope proposes to redirect a portion of the funding and authorize a grant to the California Waterfowl Association to acquire the easement inside the Yolo Bypass in-lieu of the DFG. Same project as approved by WCB 8/30/2012


East Sacramento County Blue Oaks Legacy Area, $2,713,514 --Expansion 2 -- Sacramento County
grant to the Mother Lode Land Trust to acquire 375± acres located on Scott Road approximately three miles north of Rancho Murieta in southeast Sacramento County.


Campstool Ranch $2,761,055 --Calaveras County
acquire a working forest conservation easement on 2,175± acres of mixed conifer forest lands, located near the community of Railroad Flat in Calaveras County.


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

Napa Sonoma Marsh, Napa River Unit (Giovannoni) $35,000 --Napa County
acquisition of 12± acres located south of Highway 12 off Buchli Station in Napa County.


Quail Ridge UC Davis Natural Reserve System $70,000 --Napa County
grant to the University of California to acquire 10± acres for expansion of the UC Davis Natural Reserve System approximately 14 miles west of the City of Winters


East Contra Costa NCCP/HCP (Alaimo) $88,250 --Contra Costa County
acquire 2± acres located in the Diablo Mountain Range between the town of Clayton and the City of Pittsburg, in unincorporated Contra Costa County.WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA

San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve Expansion $868,000 -- Santa Clara County
acquisition of 339± acres of land as an addition to the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve located approximately 20 miles east of San Jose in eastern Santa Clara County.


CENTRAL COAST:

Santa Cruz Sandhills, Zayante (Zolezzi) $87,921 -- Santa Cruz County
acquire a conservation easement over 25± acres, located in the City of Ben Lomond


Star Creek Ranch $2,510,000 --Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties
acquire 1,210± acres of land for the protection of habitat linkages and working forest property, located in Pajaro Hills in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties.



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Joshua Tree North Linkage - Section 33, $685,000 --San Bernardino County
acquire 624± acres of land for the protection of desert habitat corridors leading south to the Joshua Tree National Park, located west of the community of Joshua Tree, in San Bernardino County


Upper Mission Creek / Big Morongo Canyon $2,012,000 --Conservation Area, Expansion 6 (Palmwood) Riverside County
acquire 883± acres located near Desert Hot Springs in Riverside County.

L.A. AND VENTURA COUNTY MOUNTAIN PARKS PURCHASES AND DEVELOPMENT THREATS: SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2012


Park Island in Topanga finally to connect to rest of park system
and 98 acre purchase in West Malibu

from the agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority


SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

Topanga Summit Valley – Mulholland Gateway Gap Closure Project [Staff Report] [Map] SMMC 10/29/2012
This will connect the Viewridge trail which runs through the Summit Valley park to the north and eventually reaching the much large Topanga State Park

To access this new link, drive east on Mulholland Highway until it turns into a dirt road, and follow it until it ends at a parking area where Mulholland intersects with Santa Maria Road. From here, hike west along the ridgeline to a large water tank. On the map below, the trail is yellow and the water tank is a pale green triangle between the large dark green parcels.
(click on photos to enlarge)


Escondido Canyon—West Malibu--entering into a Project Agreement with the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District for the Escondido Creek small lots project adjacent to Latigo Canyon Road, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 10/29/2012

98 acre purchase in Escondido Canyon--acquisition of APNs 4461-001-011, 4461-035-003, 4461-035-005, 4461-036-032, 4461-036-033, 4461-036-031, 4461-036-034, 4461-036-044, 4461-036-030, 4461-036-035, 4461-036-029, 4461-036-036, 4461-036-028, 4461-036-037, 4461-036-027, 4461-036-038, 4461-036-026, 4461-036-039, 4461-036-040, 4461-036-025, 4461-036-041, 4461-036-024, 4461-036-042, 4461-036-023, 4461-036-043, 4461-036-022, 4461-034-001, 4461-036-021, 4461-036-020, 4461-036-019, and 4465-004-021, comprising 98 acres in Escondido Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. Negotiators: Rorie A. Skei and Norm Haynie. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code). [Staff Report] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Resolution] MRCA 10/29/2012

West Malibu--acquisition of Ramirez Canyon properties, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Map] [Staff Report] MRCA 10/3/2012

West Malibu--authorizing the use of Coastal Habitat Impact Mitigation Funds towards the acquisition of APNs 4465-004-045 and 4465-004-084 in the Ramirez Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] MRCA 10/3/2012

Sherman Oaks--comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Curtis School Project at 15800 West Mulholland Drive and its Mitigated Negative Declaration (env-2012-836-mnd). [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Staff Report] Comment Letter] [Map 4] [Map 5] [Attachment 3] SMMC 10/29/2012

Hollywood--professional services contract with Mia Lehrer + Associates for the 0.83 acres Franklin/Ivar Park project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 9/18/2012

Bel Air--acceptance of a dedication of an approximately 25-acre conservation easement over portions of APN 4377-002-039 (1400 Linda Flora Drive), Hoag Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 10/3/2012

Franklin Canyon--acceptance of fee title to, or a multi-use trail easement over, all or a portion of APN 4387-020-001, adjacent to Franklin Canyon Park, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Map] MRCA 10/3/2012

multiple beach accessways in City of Malibu: thirteen sites located at Carbon Beach, La Costa Beach, Las Flores Beach, Las Tunas Beach, Escondido Beach, Lechuza Beach, and Malibu Cove Beach. [Staff Report] MRCA 10/3/2012

Laurel Canyon--entering into an option agreement on APNs 5565-003-036, 037, 039, 040, and 041 and making said option payments, Laurel Canyon, City of Los Angeles. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Cheri Savage. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code.) [Map] [Staff Report] MRCA 10/3/2012

Sherman Oaks--entering into an option agreement on APN 2274-018-014 and making said option payments, Sherman Oaks, City of Los Angeles. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Derek Wiseman. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code.) [Map] [Staff Report] MRCA 10/3/2012

Corral Canyon--authorizing realignment of a publicly owned easement for ingress and egress over a portion of APN 4457-013-073, Corral Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 10/29/2012

Malibu Creek--application to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for a grant of habitat restoration mitigation funds from Caltrans Basin Clearing Project, to restore 0.38 acres in the Malibu Creek watershed, and authorizing acceptance of said grant and funds. [Staff Report] MRCA 9/18/2012

Upper Malibu Canyon-Near Soka University--acceptance of the offer to dedicate trail easement associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 4-00-013 (Isbell), unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 9/18/2012

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SIMI HILLS:

grant application to the Wildlife Conservation Board for the acquisition of Liberty Canyon wildlife corridor expansion parcels on the north and south side of the 101 Freeway, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Attachment ] [Map] [Attachment 2] SMMC 10/29/2012

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SAN RAFAEL HILLS:

grant to the City of La Cañada Flintridge for visitor-serving park improvements at the Ultimate Destination Park in Cherry Canyon, La Cañada Flintridge. [Staff Report] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 9/24/2012

grant to the City of La Cañada Flintridge for Flint Wash Trail improvements. [Staff Report] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 10/29/2012

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VENTURA COUNTY:

comment letter to the City of Camarillo on Conejo Creek Wildlife Corridor. [Attachment] [Map] [Map 2] [Attachment 2] [Comment Letter] SMMC 9/24/2012. [Staff Report] MRCA 9/18/2012

execution of grant agreement with, and acceptance of grant funds from, California Department of Fish and Game to conduct weed management at Tierra Rejada Vernal Pool Preserve, City of Moorpark, Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 10/29/2012

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SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS:

Millard Canyon--grant to the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy for acquisition of apns 5863-006-001, 5863-005-008,5863-007-003,5863-007-002, Millard Canyon, Altadena. [Staff Report] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 9/24/2012

Big Tujunga Wash--grant of a conservation easement over APN 2552-002-900 in the Big Tujunga Wash to the Desert and Mountain Conservation Authority. [Staff Report] [Map] MRCA 10/3/2012

Big Tujunga Canyon--amendment to resolution No. 12-80 addressing the acquisition of APNs 2551-002-004 and 005 in the Big Tujunga Canyon watershed, Sunland. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Cheri Savage. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code.) [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 10/3/2012

Pacoima Wash Mountain Bikeway Project. [Staff Report] SMMC 10/29/2012

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SANTA CLARITA--NORTH L.A. COUNTY:

comment letter to the County of Los Angeles on the six proposed projects comprising the Silverado Power West Los Angeles County project, Antelope Valley, County of Los Angeles. [Maps] [Attachment] [Staff Report] [Map 2] [Comment Letter] SMMC 10/29/2012

application to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for a grant of habitat restoration mitigation funds from Caltrans Santa Clara River impacts, to restore 1.4 acres and authorizing acceptance of said grant and funds. [Staff Report] MRCA 9/18/2012

Towsley Canyon park--application to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for a grant of Proposition 40 funds for the purchase of remaining interest in Towsley Canyon parcels, and (b) authorizing purchase of remaining interest in APN’s 28260018-900 and 066; -901 and 067; -902 and 068; 2826-019-901 and 040, and -902 and 041. Negotiators: Rorie A. Skei and Malund E. Hale. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code). [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 10/29/2012

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CENTRAL & WEST L.A.

Ballona Creek--adopting Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the Milton Street Park project, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Attachment] [Staff Report] [Attachment] MRCA 9/18/2012

L.A. River--adopting Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the Marsh Street Park project. [Staff Report] [Attachment 1A] [Attachment 1B] [Attachment 1C] [Attachment 1D] [Attachment 1E] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Staff Report] [Attachment] MRCA 9/18/2012

application to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for a grant of habitat restoration mitigation funds from Caltrans Wendy/Borchard Project, restoration of 0.4 acres in L.A. River watershed, and authorizing acceptance of said grant and funds. [Staff Report] MRCA 9/18/2012

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EAST L.A. HILLS:

acceptance of a public access easement over a portion of APN 5304-017-048, located in Montecito Heights, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 9/18/2012



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A bunch more coastal land is safe...

State Coastal Conservancy land deals for May to October, 2012

Summary:
4178 acres purchased in full
370 acres of development rights purchased (land stays private but cannot be converted into urban sprawl)

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May 24, 2012 meeting:

disburse up to $300,000 to the Endangered Habitats Conservancy in order to complete the conceptual design of a floodplain restoration project on the Russian River, Sonoma County on 357 acres owned by Hanson Aggregates mining firm, which the firm plans to donate to EHC.

disburse up to $210,000 to the Salt River Watershed Council to acquire the 23-acre Toste parcel near Ferndale, Humboldt County.

disburse an amount not to exceed $1,371,450 to the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust to acquire an agricultural conservation easement over each of the four parcels that constitute the 166-acre Stenzel property near Brentwood in Contra Costa County.

disburse up to $500,000 to The Nature Conservancy for acquisition of the 1,155-acre Nolan Ranch near San Jose in unincorporated Santa Clara County.
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August 2, 2012 meeting:

No purchases

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October 18, 2012 meeting:

NORTH COAST

an additional disbursement of up to $1,574,000 in funds, received by the Conservancy from the California Department of Transportation, to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust for the acquisition of a conservation easement over 204 acres of the 1,194-acre Barboni Ranch;


disburse up to $1,362,000 to the City of Fort Bragg for the construction of the Ka Kahleh coastal trail and associated facilities on Noyo Headlands Park, the former Georgia Pacific Mill Site, for natural resource enhancement on a portion of the site, and for the acquisition of the 4-acre Johnson Property, anticipated to be the location of a portion of the trail, Mendocino County.


SAN FRANCISCO BAY


disburse up to $750,000 to the East Bay Regional Park District for the acquisition of approximately 1,367 acres of property to expand the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park in Alameda County.

disburse up to $500,000 to the East Bay Regional Park District for acquisition of up to 51 acres of the 148-acre Pacific Custom Materials Property in order to expand and improve Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline between Martinez and Port Costa in unincorporated Contra Costa County.

disburse up to $750,000 to the Peninsula Open Space Trust for acquisition of the 490-acre Mount Madonna County Park Area property in Santa Clara County.

disburse up to $250,000 to the Peninsula Open Space Trust for acquisition of the 358-acre Uvas Reservoir County Park Area property near the City of Morgan Hill in unincorporated Santa Clara County.

CENTRAL COAST

disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District to acquire the 317-acre Whisler Wilson Ranch near Point Lobos, for natural resource protection and public access, Monterey County.


SOUTH COAST
disburse up to $1,506,000 to the City of Laguna Beach for acquisition of the 56-acre McGehee property adjacent to the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

State to buy more wildlife habitat August 30th...


Almost 15,000 acres will be Saved from Development across the state with our Tax Dollars this month

SUMMARY:

4337 ACRES FULL(FEE) OWNERSHIP
10,466 ACRES IN DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (CONSERVATION EASEMENTS)

NOTICE OF MEETING
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
August 30, 2012
10:00 AM 1/ State Capitol, Room 112
Sacramento, California 95814

FULL PRELIMINARY AGENDA:

Lower Yuba River – Excelsior – Phase II, $549,600 (Black Swan Ranch) Nevada County
acquisition in fee of 108± acres


Thomas North, Contra Costa County, $393,755, to acquire 135± acres


Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Salo, Expansion 27,  $17,500, Tulare County, 10 acres in fee title


Millard Canyon $480,200, Los Angeles County
a grant to Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy (AFC) to acquire 13± acres


Santa Rosa Mountains (Desert Ranch II) $5,000, Expansion 17, Riverside County, acquire 763± acres


Jacumba Peak (Change of Scope) $0.00 San Diego County, acquire 1,081± acres
 
San Diego River (Walker) $94,000, San Diego County, acquire in fee 107± acres


Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area, Expansion 13, $2,740,000, Yuba County, acquisition in fee of 679± acres


Yuba Highlands Conservation Easement – Phase II, $1,104,000, Yuba County, over 1,620± acres
 
Conaway Ranch Conservation Easement $7,835,000, Yolo County, totaling 6,224± acres


Campstool Ranch $2,761,055.00 Calaveras County
a grant to the Pacific Forest Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 2,175± acres of mixed conifer forest, oak woodlands and wildlife habitat corridors, located near the town of Railroad Flat in Calaveras County. DECISION POSTPONED TO 11/2012 MEETING


Oak Woodlands Conservation Easement (Barboni) $610,000, over 447± acres, Marin County


Ocean Meadows $910,000, Santa Barbara County, acquire in fee 63± acres of coastal wetland and watershed habitat between the upper and lower reaches of Devereux Slough in Goleta Valley


Santa Clara River Watershed (Teyton) $1.01 million, Ventura County, acquire fee title on 34± acres

Indio Trails, $1.01 million, Riverside County, acquire in fee 495± acres


Carlsbad/Northwest San Diego County $4,629,750 (Cielo del Norte) acquire in fee 240± acres


Sycuan Tribal – Sloan Canyon $1,165,000, San Diego County
grant to the Kumeyaay-Diegueño Land Conservancy to acquire in fee 609± acres

Friday, August 10, 2012

L.A.-Ventura parks news for May to August 2012


Big Park purchase in the works in L.A. near Vasquez rocks park, in Agua Dulce Canyon
Plus Disney plans a big studio complex in Placerita Canyon natural area



Taken from the agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority


SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

Calmat-Vulcan 1158 acres-Agua Dulce canyon-- authorizing fee simple or conservation easement acquisition of the subject parcels, Agua Dulce Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. Under consideration: price and terms. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/2/12

Placerita Canyon-- comment letter to Los Angeles County on Draft Environmental Impact Report for Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch Project adjacent to Placerita Creek (sch No. 2010011010), unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Comment Letter] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Attachment 7] [Attachment 8] [Map] SMMC 5/21/12


SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

Malibu-- accepting Ackerberg Public Access Easement, and approval of interim access plan, APN 4452-002-011, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] ] MRCA 8/7/2012

Sweetwater Mesa, Malibu-- amendment to open space easement, APNs 4453-005-089 and 4452-025-025, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] ] MRCA 8/7/2012

Tuna canyon and PCH-- acceptance of dedication in fee title, 19862 Pacific Coast Highway, City of Malibu, subject to a deed restriction to preserve view corridor. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] ] MRCA 8/7/2012

Encino-- acceptance of conservation easement over a portion of APN 2287-006-026 (16854 Severo Place), near Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] MRCA 7/19/12

Zuma canyon-- acquire APNs 4471-014-011, 012, 022, 023, and 024, totaling 0.75 acres in the Zuma Canyon watershed [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/6/12

Rambla Pacifico road-- acceptance of one or both of the offers to dedicate open space easements associated with the following coastal permit numbers 4-01-046 (Tyler-Associates, LLC) and 5-85-214-A3 (Goshn), unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/16/12

Bel Air-- acceptance of a conservation easement over an approximately 18 acre portion of APN 4378-003-022, Nalin Drive, Hoag Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 5/2/12

Saddle Peak 13.9 acres-- acquire 13.9 acres (APN 4456-037-008) abutting Piuma Road in the Cold Creek watershed contingent on approval by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/2/12
 [Map 1] [Map 2] [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 5/21/12

Cold Creek-- comment letter to Los Angeles County on the Notice of Consultation for two contiguous residences at 25066 and 25080 Mulholland Highway, Cold Creek watershed, Calabasas area of unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Comment Letter] SMMC 7/23/12

Calabasas-- a clarification letter to the City of Calabasas regarding apn’s 2072-024-015, 2072-024-016, 2072-027-003, and 2072-030-010, prior lot line adjustments, and additional access parcels, Dry Creek Canyon watershed. [Staff Report] removed from agenda SMMC 6/25/12

Topanga Lookout—acquisition of Los Angeles County Water Works District No.29 property, apn 4453-038-901, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 6/25/12

Zuma canyon-- acquire apn’s 4471-014-011, 012, 022, 023, and 024 in the Zuma Canyon watershed. [Map 1] [Map 2] [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 5/21/12

West Malibu-- comment letter to Ventura County on Mitigated Negative Declaration for Planned Development Permit No. LU11-0123, 12610 Yellow Hill Road (sch No. 2012041071), unincorporated Ventura County. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Map 1] [Map 3] [Map 4] [Map 5] [Comment Letter] SMMC 5/21/12

Maibu-- comment letter to the City of Malibu on Rancho Malibu Hotel Project and Notice of Preparation for Environmental Impact Report No. 12-001, Coastal Development Permit No. 11-028, Winter Canyon watershed. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] [Comment Letter] SMMC 5/21/12


SIMI HILLS:

Chatsworth-- acceptance of donation of land, APN 649-0-140-060, unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] ] MRCA 8/7/2012

Simi Hills-- acquisition of 10-acre conservation and trail easement over portion of APN 649-0-340-230, along North American Cutoff trail in Box Canyon, unincorporated County of Ventura. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Attachment] ] MRCA 8/7/2012

Ahmanson Ranch-- management of Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space property pursuant to the Offer to Dedicate agreement and pending transfer of title. [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 6/25/12


SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS:

Big Tujunga canyon--acquire APNs 2551-002-004 and 005 totaling 31.6 acres in the Doane Canyon tributary of Big Tujunga Canyon, Sunland. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Cheri Savage. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the Government Code.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/6/12

Lopez Canyon augmentation of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy grant CF-1020 and of said funding for riparian habitat restoration in Lopez Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 5/2/12


EAST L.A. HILLS:

El Sereno-- project planning and design grant for Elephant Hill Open Space, El Sereno. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 5/2/12

Montebello-- Roosevelt Trail and Bluff Road Mini-Park Project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map] MRCA 6/6/12


BALLONA CREEK:

Ballona Wetlands-- installation of minor site amenities for the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] MRCA 6/6/12

Ballona creek—Milton Street Park--Public hearing and discussion regarding the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Park project. [Staff Report] [Attachment] ] MRCA 8/7/2012
 [Staff Report] MRCA 6/6/12 [Staff Report. [Staff Report]


L.A. RIVER:

L.A. River-- proposed mitigated negative declaration for the Marsh Park project. [Staff Report] [Attachment] MRCA 8/7/2012

Studio City-- agreements with Community Conservation Solutions and the California Department of Transportation for the Studio City/Los Angeles River Greenway Project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 5/2/12


VENTURA COUNTY:

Moorpark-- comment letter to the City of Moorpark on Notice of Preparation for the Hitch Ranch Specific Plan, Santa Susana Mountains. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Comment Letter] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] SMMC 5/21/12


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ASSORTED:

Consideration of resolution adopting FY 12/13 MRCA Workprogram. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]
MRCA 5/2/12

Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to County of Los Angeles on Draft Significant Ecological Areas Ordinance. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 6/25/12

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mountain North of Tahoe is Saved from condos

Royal Gorge. We're Buying It!
8/6/2012--The Truckee Donner Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land have reached an agreement to purchase the 3,000-acre Royal Gorge property at Donner Summit after a proposed 950-home development at the site went into foreclosure. The Land Trust has been looking forward to this day for the last 20 years. We now have our best shot in a generation to protect all of Royal Gorge’s remarkable meadows, peaks, forests, streams, and lakes. We now face a Dec. 20, 2012 deadline to raise $13.5 million to complete the project. With your help, we can do this! Please donate now and help us protect this remarkable property.

http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Donner-Summit-deal-by-land-trusts-3764910.php
The land trusts agreed to buy the property for $13.5 million seven years after a developer bought it for $30 million in hopes of building homes, lodges and other resort amenities at the 7,230-foot-elevation property just south of Interstate 80 near Donner Pass Road.


http://www.sierrasun.com/article/20120806/NEWS/120809952/1066&ParentProfile=1051

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48540737/ns/local_news-sacramento_ca/t/donner-summit-land-be-preserved-open-space/
The land has old-growth red fir forests, lakes and the lush Van Norden Meadow, which is home to more than 150 species of butterflies, 16 amphibians, 100 birds, plus several endangered species, according to John Cobourn, a hydrologist at University of Nevada-Reno. It is also has the headwaters for three major rivers.

FOR BIG VERSION OF THIS MAP: http://www.tdlandtrust.org/sites/default/files/Royal%20Gorge%20Acquisition%20Map.pdf

Friday, May 4, 2012

State wildlife land buys for May 2012...


Over 17,000 acres to be saved for Critters this Month

NOTICE OF MEETING
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
May 31, 2012, 10:00 AM
State Capitol, Room 112, Sacramento, California 95814
SUMMARY:
SISKIYOU COUNTY: 3104 ACRES
HUMBOLDT COUNTY: 8461 ACRES
BUTTE COUNTY: 918 ACRES
FRESNO COUNTY: 11 ACRES
MONTEREY COUNTY: 113 ACRES
RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 1372 ACRES
SOLANO COUNTY: 2910 ACRES
SAN DIEGO COUNTY: 139 ACRES
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: 1030 ACRES

Little Shasta Conservation Easement (Townley) $1,327,900, Siskiyou County
grant to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to acquire a conservation easement over 3,104± acres of land for protection of critical winter range for elk and other regional California wildlife and protection of grasslands that sustain working landscapes, located east of the City of Yreka and the town of Montague in Siskiyou County.


Charles Mountain Ranch Conservation Easement, $1,200,000, Phase II Humboldt County
grant to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to acquire a working forest conservation easement over 4,437± acres located eight miles southeast of Bridgeville in Humboldt County


Chalk Mountain phase 2--4024 acre forest conservation easement in Humboldt county---$2 million


Little Chico Creek Oak Woodland Conservation Easement $315,000 Butte County
To consider the allocation for a grant to Northern California Regional Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 239± acres of land to protect and preserve oak woodland habitat located seven miles northeast of Chico in Butte County. WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA-POSTPONED TO 3/2013 MEETING

679 acres in Daugherty Hill wildlife area-expansion 13, in Butte County, $2.7 million
WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA-POSTPONED TO 8/2012 MEETING

San Joaquin River Parkway, $245,000 Camp Pashayan #2, Fresno County
acquisition of 11± acres of land by the San Joaquin River Conservancy for the protection of riparian and oak woodland habitats and provide future public use opportunities, located along the San Joaquin River, just east of State Highway 99 in the City of Fresno, in Fresno County.


Marks Ranch $552,076 Phase II, Monterey County
grant to the Monterey County Parks Department to acquire 113± acres to protect native grasslands, oak woodlands, riparian woodlands and seasonal wetlands that serve as an import wildlife corridor, located west of Salinas, adjacent to the Toro County Park, along Highway 68, in Monterey County.


Santa Margarita River Ecological Reserve, $25,000 Expansion 4, Riverside County
acquisition of 21± acres of land, southwest of the City of Temecula, in Riverside County.


Santa Rosa Mountains (Blixeth 1), $10,000 Expansion 16, Riverside County
acquire 1,342± acres of land for the protection of Peninsular bighorn sheep habitat, and to provide future wildlife oriented public use opportunities.


Upper Mission Creek / Big Morongo Canyon $5,000 Conservation Area, Expansion 5, Riverside County
acquire 9± acres of land for the protection of core habitat linkages, fluvial and aeolian sand transport corridor, alluvial fan habitat, and mountainous habitat important for the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, Peninsular bighorn sheep, and other species addressed in the Coachella Valley Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan and provide future wildlife oriented public use opportunities, located north of the City of Palm Springs in Riverside County.


47 acres in San Diego County-El Cajon
92 acres in San Diego County--Michelson

763 acres in Suisun Marsh in Solano County, $1.5 million
982 acres in Suisun Marsh--Grizzly Ranch in Solano County, $2 million

1165 acres in Rockville Trail Estates in Solano County, $2.8 million


1030 acres in Soledad Canyon in Los Angeles County, Nominn property, $2.48 million



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

dammit--Tejon ranch resort passes court test...

Crummy Court Ruling for California Condors

It appears that Tejon ranch has won the first big court battle over their plans to build 30,000 homes along the San Andreas fault at the extremely fragile wildlife migration pinchpoint between southern and Central California.


This shows the weakness of our state's main environmental law which requires revelation of impacts but then lets the government choose to ignore them (see story of our battle to save more of the Ballona wetlands where this law failed us: http://ballona-news.blogspot.com/2012/04/some-sad-news-yet-we-count-our.html )

Anyway, this battle for Tejon is far from over. This is because the federal government (headed by that pesky liberal Barack Obama) has yet to approve Tejon's permits to locate 3400 homes right in the middle of endangered species habitat, that of the huge and prehistoric-looking California Condor. The issuance of this permit, called a "take permit", because it would allow Tejon to kill wildlife by bulldozing their homes, has been sitting in limbo despite the issuance of massive reports by the developer three years ago.

In 2011, federal officials reported that the condor is all over and expanding its use of Tejon's dreamed-of mountain resort. So unless Obama caves in to the developers, the victory in state court is just one in a long war.

http://mountainenterprise.com/atf.php?sid=10191&current_edition=2012-04-20

MORE INFO:

http://mountainenterprise.com/atf.php?sid=9873¤t_edition=2012-02-10 
2/10/2012: FWS’ Root said no change has been made to the development footprint of Tejon Mountain Village. Radio telemetry and GPS mapping by the U.S. Geologic Survey confirmed last year that wild California condor are recolonizing the areas on which TRC and partner DMB Associates plan to build over 3,400 Tejon Mountain Village resort homes, condominiums, 700 hotel rooms, two golf courses and a commercial zone.

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2/2/2012 http://la.curbed.com/archives/2012/02/tejon_ranch_project_could_affect_27_plants_and_animals.php
 Tejon ranch—changes to alternatives in HCP

http://scvnews.com/?p=25770 http://www.the-signal.com/section/36/article/59286/

The public will be able to comment on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the Draft Tehachapi Uplands Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan until May 3, 2012

http://mountainenterprise.com/atf.php?sid=9861¤t_edition=2012-01-27

The documents address critical habitat concerns for the endangered California condor, which has been shown with radio telemetry to be repopulating sections of Tejon Ranch which had previously been intended by the developers to be included in the Tejon Mountain Village resort community, hotels and commercial sectors. A draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the 23,000 home Centennial project is also expected to be issued this year. http://www.fws.gov/ventura/newsroom/release.cfm?id=77

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/02/03/2012-2294/tehachapi-uplands-multiple-species-habitat-conservation-plan-kern-county-ca

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LAWSUIT STORIES:

http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/california-appeals-court-declines-to-halt-tejon-ranch-development-cultural-resources/

http://tejonranch.com/press-release/appellate-court-upholds-tejon-mountain-village/

http://www.kget.com/mostpopular/story/Massive-Tejon-development-clears-legal-hurdle/6ocAO8LOBEur58KE0rzfbw.cspx

http://www.kget.com/news/local/story/Massive-Tejon-development-clears-legal-hurdle/6ocAO8LOBEur58KE0rzfbw.cspx

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x768326129/Court-upholds-study-of-Tejon-development

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FEDS DECLINE TO PROTECT A TEJON LIZARD:

10/7/11 Tehachapi slender salamander denied endangered species protection http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/10/tehachapi-slender-salamander-denied-endangered-species-protection.html On Friday, the service rendered its final conclusion: Batrachoseps stebbinsi does not warrant a spot on the endangered species list. An analysis determined that cattle grazing, road construction, flood control projects, disease, severe wildfires, prolonged drought and construction of Tejon Ranch’s proposed 7,860-acre residential and commercial development, the Tejon Mountain Village project, would not impact the species in the foreseeable future. The salamander resides in two canyons about 13 miles apart and separated by a freeway 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

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http://www.the-signal.com/section/36/article/52336/

The species consists of two populations, the Tehachapi Mountains population and the Caliente Canyon population, which are separated from each other by dry, rugged, mountainous terrain. The range of the Tehachapi Mountains population is about 13 miles southwest of the Caliente Canyon population on property owned by Tejon Ranch and the California Department of Parks and Recreation at Fort Tejon State Historic Park. The Caliente Canyon population is located at the northeastern end of the Tehachapi Mountains, near the small community of Loraine. …Construction of the Tejon Ranch's proposed 7,860-acre residential and commercial development, the Tejon Mountain Village project, is not expected to be a substantial threat to the Tehachapi Mountains population of the salamander. The project does not overlap with areas where the species has been found or the areas that the Service considers to be occupied by the salamander. …An advance copy of the 12-month finding can be viewed online today at the Federal Register Public Inspection Page: http://go.usa.gov/924 . When the finding publishes in the Federal Register on October 11, it will be available at http://www.fws.gov/ventura or at http://www.regulations.gov. ----------------------------------

Thursday, April 26, 2012

More coastal land purchases....

State Buying 1709 acres on our Coastline

From the agenda of the State's Coastal Conservancy in January and March of 2012

PROPERTIES ARE IN SONOMA, LOS ANGELES, HUMBOLDT, AND MARIN COUNTIES

modify deal involving the 495-acre Bordessa Ranch property on the Estero Americano in western Sonoma County. Coastal Conservancy-1/19/2012

$6,250,000 for engineering, hydrologic analyses, geotechnical assessments, and public access design and further authorization to disburse up to $240,000 to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation for data collection and technical review to support environmental impact analysis and permit applications for the restoration of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Los Angeles County. Coastal Conservancy-1/19/2012

$2.92 million to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to purchase 5 contiguous undeveloped lots on Las Tunas Beach, Los Angeles County, for the purpose of providing public access to the coast. Coastal Conservancy 3/29/2012

$223,600 to the Northcoast Regional Land Trust to acquire the 20-acre Freshwater Farms Nursery, Humboldt County for the purposes of protecting and restoring habitat and agricultural lands, and providing public access. Coastal Conservancy-1/19/2012

$1,000,000 for the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements over the 1,194-acre Barboni Ranch in Marin County. Coastal Conservancy 3/29/2012

 Barboni Ranch in Marin County--click on map to enlarge

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Big Topanga purchase is coming...


Mountain Park Agency Seeks to Buy another 225 acres of the Topanga Summit to Summit trail---would virtually complete ring of parkland surrounding the iconic canyon on L.A.’s Wild Side


Topanga, Summit-to-Summit/Henry Ridge Motorway Parcel Acquisition to include APNs 2080-013-001, 003, 007 and 008; and 4436-023-002, unincorporated County of Los Angeles. [Map ] [Staff Report]   MRCA 3/14/2012

The Summit to Summit motorway is a wide dirt road with virtually no houses that separates Topanga canyon from the San Fernando Valley. Due to its width, the road is a favorite of mountain bikers.



OTHER ITEMS PULLED FROM THE PARK AGENCY MEETING AGENDAS FOR FEBRUARY TO APRIL OF 2012:

L.A CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

comment letter to City of Los Angeles on Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills Master Plan Final Environmental Impact Report (sch No. 2008111048), Hollywood. [Resolution] [attachment 1] [map 1] [map 2] [map 3] [attachment 2] [attachment 3] [Staff Report] SMMC 2-27-2012

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the proposed project at 2775 Cahuenga Boulevard (apn 5549-003-004), Case No. Aa 2012-707-wtm, Mulholland Scenic Corridor, City of Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Map 2] SMMC 4-23-2012

Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Land Acquisition Project grant application. [Resolution] [Map] [Comment Letter] SMMC 4-23-2012

acquisition of conservation easements on portions of APNs 5565-003-036, 037, 039, 040 and 041, Laurel Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution]   MRCA 3/14/2012

application for grant funds for the Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Acquisition Project, Laurel Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]   MRCA 3/14/2012

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the San Vicente Communications Tower project, San Vicente Mountain Park, 17500 Mulholland Drive. [attachment 1] [attachment 2] [attachment 3] [attachment 4] [attachment 5] [attachment 6] [Resolution ] [Comment Letter] SMMC 2-27-2012

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles regarding proposed residential development and subdivision on 20367 Delita Drive, Chalk Hills, Woodland Hills. [Resolution] [Map] [Photograph] [Comment Letter] SMMC 4-23-2012

sale of either a slope easement or a temporary construction easement on APN 2166-013-900 and entering into a maintenance agreement for said easement area with the owner of APN 2166-013-014, Woodland Hills. [Staff Report] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] MRCA 2-15-2012

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SIMI HILLS:

comment letter to California Department of Transportation on US 101/Palo Comado Interchange Project Final Draft IS/EA. [Resolution] [attachment 1] [attachment 2] [attachment 3] [attachment 4] [Comment Letter] SMMC 2-27-2012

comment letter to California Department of Transportation and the City of Calabasas on the Lost Hills Road/US-101 Overcrossing Replacement and Interchange Modification Project Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration/Environmental Assessment. [Resolution] [attachment 1] [attachment 2] [attachment 3] [attachment 4] [Comment Letter] SMMC 2-27-2012

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SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS:


comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on proposed Mount Lukens Communications Tower, 5150 Mount Lukens Road, Tujunga and Verdugo Peak Communications Tower, 1658 Vista Drive, Glendale. [Comment Letter] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map ] [Resolution] SMMC 4-23-2012

management of the newly acquired Big Tujunga Canyon park property. [Staff Report] SMMC 4-23-2012

Lopez Canyon riparian habitat restoration and creation project, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 4-23-2012

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L.A. RIVER:

grant of Proposition 84 funds to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for project planning and design of the Pacoima Wash Greenway-El Dorado Park, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [attachment] SMMC 2-27-2012

Albion Dairy Project grant application. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] SMMC 4-23-2012

acceptance of an easement over a portion of APN 5442-031-043 for ingress and egress and utilities, adjacent to Marsh Park, from LA River Lofts, LLC, a California limited liability company. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 4-4-2012


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BALLONA CREEK:

adopting greenway Project Plan and a Youth Employment Plan for the Ballona Creek to Parks Connection Loop project funded by the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2]   MRCA 3/14/2012

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ASSORTED MALIBU AND WESTERN SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

preparation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area trail management plan and joint eir/eis. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 4-23-2012
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 4-4-2012

Memorandum of Understanding with the Linkage Implementation Alliance (lia) addressing habitat connectivity between the Angeles and Los Padres National Forests and the Santa Monica Mountains. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] [Staff Report]  SMMC 4-23-2012

Lechuza Beach, acceptance of the following offer to dedicate a lateral access easement: 5-85-533 (Reiker), Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/14/2012

Lechuza Beach, transfer of an easement to the owners of 31820 Seafield Drive, Malibu on and over approximately 1200 sq. feet of a portion of Lot A, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/14/2012 

Carbon Canyon, acceptance of a donation of APN 4453-016-008 and portions of 4453-020-008, totaling approximately 13 acres, unincorporated Malibu area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 3/14/2012 

Las Tunas Beach--acceptance of a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to acquire APNs 4449-007-013 to and including 017. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]   MRCA 3/14/2012
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 3/14/2012