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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A few State Wildlife board land purchases in March...

LAND PURCHASES BY CALIFORNIA'S WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
FOR JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 2013

SUMMARY:
1640 acres of development rights purchased
124 acres bought in full ownership


HUMBOLDT COUNTY: Arcata Community Forest (Humphry) 2 acres for $190,000. WCB 3/2013


MENDOCINO COUNTY: acquire 64± acres, located adjacent to the Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve – MacKerricher State Park. WCB 3/2013


YUBA COUNTY: exchange easements between the State and two separate property owners to provide clear title to the adjoining landowners and improved access to the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Daugherty Hills Wildlife Area (Howard Hill Unit). WCB 3/2013


YUBA COUNTY: Marysville ranch--acquisition of a conservation easement over 1,277± acres of land by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) for a cooperative project with the U.S. Department of Defense, California Department of Transportation and the Trust for Public Land for the protection of oak woodland and grassland habitats and habitat linkages and open space buffers between DFW’s Spenceville Wildlife Area (SWA) and Beale Air Force Base (BAFB). $265,000. WCB 3/2013


BUTTE COUNTY: Little Chico Creek Oak Woodland, 363 acres,  $555,000.00
Conservation Easement, and Expansions 1 and 2 (Mott, Smith and Brigham). WCB 3/2013


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Puma Canyon, and $488,000  Expansions 1 and 2 (Swart, J. Cox, and M&B Cox)
To consider the allocation for a grant to the Transition Habitat Conservancy to acquire the fee title of three separate properties totaling 124± acres. WCB 3/2013


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There was also a WCB Board Meeting on January 24, 2013;
There were no land purchases on the agenda for that meeting


End of the "Preservation Ranch" forest development scheme

$24 million to Save 20,000 acres of Redwoods in Sonoma County


NEWS COVERAGE ON THE PURCHASE:
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2013/press-democrat-02-28-2013.html

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130226/ARTICLES/130229626/1350?p=1&tc=

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130228/OPINION/130229575/1350

BACKGROUND FROM OUR WEBSITE:
http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search?q=preservation+ranch




State taxpayers to contribute $10 million:

from Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting – April 18, 2013
http://scc.ca.gov/2013/04/05/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-april-18-2013/#more-2216
disburse up to $10,000,000 to The Conservation Fund to acquire the approximately 19,650 acre Preservation Ranch property in northern Sonoma County.


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SEVERAL OTHER PURCHASES AND LAND DEALS BY THE COASTAL CONSERVANCY AT DECEMBER 2012 AND FEBRUARY AND APRIL 2013 MEETINGS:


MENDOCINO COUNTY:  disburse up to $65,500 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to complete the acquisition of approximately 64.5 acres of property known as the “Hunt Property” to add to the Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve in MacKerricher State Park managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Coastal Conservancy 12/2012.
STAFF REPORT: (map links not working)
http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2012/1212/20121206Board3E_Hunt_Property_Acquisition.pdf

disburse up to $100,000 to the Mendocino Land Trust for coastal trail planning and to acquire the approximately 73-acre CIES property south of Point Arena, Mendocino County. SCC 4/2013

disburse up to $415,000 to the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District for the acquisition of a conservation easement in the Arroyo Grande Creek Watershed in southern San Luis Obispo County for the protection and restoration of natural resources and compatible public access. SCC 4/2013


Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting -- Feb 14, 2013

http://scc.ca.gov/2013/02/01/conservancy-board-meeting/

authorization of a revised implementation plan for the disposition of the “Parcel 07” of the Bel Marin Keys Unit V property (Marin County Assessor’s Parcel Number 171-157-07) directing transfer Parcel 07 to the County of Marin for habitat, open space and public access program. SCC 2/2013

L.A. and Ventura Mountain land deals...


SMMC AND MRCA LAND PURCHASES AND DEVELOPMENT BATTLES FOR FEBRUARY-APRIL 2013

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

TOPANGA:

Project Agreement with the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District for the Summit Valley - Mulholland Gateway Park Gap Closure Project, Topanga Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/6/2013

project planning and design grant for the upper Topanga watershed project, Santa Monica Mountains, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

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MALIBU AND L.A. COUNTY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

acquisition of 31 lots in an unincorporated area of Escondido Canyon totaling approximately 98 acres. [Staff Report] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Resolution] MRCA 2/6/2013

acquisition of 31 parcels totaling 86 acres in Escondido Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 2/25/2013

acquisition of APNs 4461-035-001 and 004, Escondido Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 2/6/2013 --adds in 2 parcels left out of 11/7/2012 resolution for 98 acres total

acquisition of APNs 4453-020-008 and 4453-016-008 totaling approximately 27 acres in the Carbon Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2013

public access improvements to Las Tunas Beach, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map 2] MRCA 2/6/2013

comment letter to California Coastal Commission regarding Cease and Desist Order Amendment No. CCC-09-CD-01-A, Lisette Ackerberg Trust, including for beach access easements, 22466 and 22500 Pacific Coast Highway, Carbon Beach, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 3/6/2013

acceptance of a coastal access easement over a portion of the property located at 22548 Pacific Coast Highway, City of Malibu. [Map] [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 4/3/2013

project planning and design grant for the Escondido to Ramirez Canyon habitat and trail linkage project, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

project planning and design grant for the Little Sycamore to Encinal Canyon Coastal Slope trail zone project, Santa Monica Mountains, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

project planning and design grant for the upper Malibu Canyon tributaries project, Santa Monica Mountains, unincorporated Los Angeles County and cities of Calabasas and Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

acquisition of APN 4465-004-045 and 4465-004-084 in the Ramirez Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

comment letter to the City of Malibu regarding 24024 Malibu Road Project. [Comment Letter] [Attachment] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Attachment 7] [Resolution] [Attachment 8] [Attachment 9] SMMC 2/25/2013

(a) acceptance of proceeds from the Estate of Edith Carrillo for the acquisition of public parkland and (b) entering into an agreement with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to complete the acquisition and take title to the property. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 2/25/2013

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INLAND SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

comment letter to the City of Calabasas on 17 acre project and Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration, 23401 Mulholland Highway, Dry Creek Canyon watershed. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 2/25/2013

comment letter to Los Angeles County regarding the Canyon at Triunfo project, 3324 and 3272 Triunfo Canyon Road, SCH No. 2012111061, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 2/25/2013

acquisition of APNs 2063-004-023, 024 and 025 totaling approximately 525 acres in the Triunfo Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County and entering into a Project Agreement with the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District for said parcels. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2013
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 2/25/2013


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L.A. CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

acquisition of APN 2076-017-025 totaling approximately 5.3 acres in Woodland Hills using funds from Santa Monica Mountains Open Space Preservation Assessment District No.2. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Kristine Dekreon. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to § 54956.8 of the Government Code.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2013

acquisition of APNs 2172-028-027, 028, 029 totaling approximately 0.5 acres in Woodland Hills using funds from Santa Monica Mountains Open Space Preservation Assessment District No. 2. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Shawna and Arnold Verbiesen. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to § 54956.8 of the Government Code.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map 2] MRCA 2/6/2013

acquire APN 2274-018-014 totaling approximately 1.6 acres in Sherman Oaks. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 2/6/2013

acceptance of a conservation easement over an approximately 0.01-acre portion of APN 5570-024-011, near Briar Summit Open Space Preserve, Nichols Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 3/6/2013

acceptance of a conservation easement over an approximately 0.3-acre portion of APN 2381-028-005 (2971 Laurel Canyon Boulevard), Berry Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 3/6/2013

project planning and design grant for the Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor, Santa Monica Mountains, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013


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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS AND SIMI HILLS:

acceptance of a donation of 18.9 acres, APN 2821-011-017, adjacent to Rocky Peak Park, unincorporated Chatsworth area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/6/2013

project planning and design grant for the Browns Canyon watershed project, Santa Susana Mountains, Chatsworth area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

project planning and design grant for the Sage Ranch to Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park habitat linkage project, Simi Hills, unincorporated Ventura and Los Angeles counties. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

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EAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY:

San Gabriel Mountains Rim of the Valley Trail implementation and Angeles National Forest trail and habitat connections project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

acquisition of APN 2581-013-005 for $27,500, 2.51 acres, using in lieu mitigation funds, Lopez Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Linda Caine-Alderman Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to § 54956.8 of the Government Code.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

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VENTURA COUNTY:

project planning and design grant for the Alamos Canyon habitat and trail linkage project, Santa Susana Mountains, Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2013

Memorandum of Understanding with the Ventura County Watershed Protection District for planning and coordination of land acquisition and restoration projects. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 4/3/2013

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ASSORTED AREAS:

comment letter to Los Angeles County regarding December 2012 Draft Hillside Management Area Ordinance. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 2/25/2013

comment letter to County of Los Angeles on Draft Significant Ecological Area Ordinance. [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 3/18/2013