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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 6/3/2015 [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 6/3/2015

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 6/3/2015

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 (postponed to October 2015 meeting)
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. 
Includes 1 mile of coastline. 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 (Veronica Meadows) in lower Arroyo Burro watershed, Santa Barbara County. Coastal Conservancy 6/25/2015
http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster//ftp/pdf/sccbb/2015/1506/20150625Board15_Arroyo_Burro_Watershed.pdf

http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/civica/press/display.asp?layout=4&Entry=1080

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


PHOTOS OF ALL PURCHASES:
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