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Saturday, November 14, 2015

State Owned Wilderness to Grow by 4300 Acres

State Taxes Fund 4300 Acres of Additions to Wildlife Preserves

INCLUDES KEY LINK IN VENTURA COUNTY WILDLIFE MIGRATION AND TRAIL CORRIDOR

SUMMARY OF PURCHASES:
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: 646 ACRES
CENTRAL VALLEY/SIERRA NEVADAS: 144 ACRES
CENTRAL COAST: 322 ACRES
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: 3131 ACRES
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CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
November 19, 2015 , 10:00 AM
1/ State Capitol, Room 3191
Sacramento, California 95814

PRELIMINARY AGENDA ITEMS


ABOVE: proposed Alamos Canyon park purchase north of the 118 Freeway in Ventura County


CENTRAL COAST:

Big Sky Natural Area CAPP - Alamos Canyon, Ventura County $1,852,126
acquire in fee ±326 acres of wildlife habitat, including large areas of riparian and aquatic habitat, grasslands and oak woodlands, located near Simi Valley in Ventura County. 



SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Nunn), Contra Costa County $2,742,400
Acquire in fee ±646 acres of land for the protection of habitat in the northeastern region of the East
Contra Costa County Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan, in and near the community of Knightsen, in Contra Costa County.

CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRA NEVADAS:

Cameron Meadows Phase II, El Dorado County $10,000
acquire in fee ±22 acres of land for the protection of mixed chaparral habitat that supports six special status plant species and provides important, breeding, foraging, and migration corridors for terrestrial wildlife species, song birds and raptors, adjacent to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Cameron Park Unit of the Pine Hill Ecological Preserve in western El Dorado County.

San Joaquin River Parkway, Ball Ranch (Quarry Site), Fresno County $4,030,000
acquisition in fee of ±122 acres of land within the San Joaquin River Parkway located along the west side of Friant Road in Fresno County.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Upper Mission Creek/Big Morongo Canyon Conservation Area, Expansion 7, Riverside County
$43,500. Acquire in fee ±20 acres of land for the protection of habitat essential for the recovery of federal and state endangered species within the Coachella Valley Multi-Species Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan area, located in the city of Thousand Palms in Riverside County

Western Riverside MSHCP (2012) - Caramello, Riverside County $50,000
acquire in fee ±10 acres of land located in the Community of Teneja in western Riverside County.


Western Riverside MSHCP (2014/2015) - Bautista, Riverside County $846,200
acquire in fee ±2,838 acres of land located in the City of Hemet in western Riverside County.

Willow Hole Conservation Area, Expansion 2, Riverside County $31,250
acquire in fee ±29 acres of land for the protection habitat essential for recovery of threatened and endangered species the Coachella Valley Multi-Species Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan area, located in the city of Desert Hot Springs in Riverside County.

San Diego County Multiple Species Conservation Plan (Skyline 244), San Diego County $10,000
acquire in fee ±244 acres of land for the protection of core habitat and linkage areas in the South County Subarea of the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program, located near the town of Jamul in San Diego County.


 

San Diego Canyon trails to get help from the State....

Coastal Conservancy wildlife habitat purchases from their October 2015 meeting

agenda:
disburse up to $60,000 to the City of Brisbane to acquire a 1.14-acre parcel within Brisbane Acres, on the upper slopes of San Bruno Mountain in the City of Brisbane, San Mateo County

disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Wildlands Conservancy to acquire the approximately 547-acre Estero Ranch in southwestern Sonoma County for the purposes of habitat protection, public access and agricultural preservation.(continued from June 2015 meeting) Price: $3.8 million
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SAN DIEGO CANYONLANDS:
Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to San Diego Canyonlands to complete public access and habitat restoration design plans for twelve  urban canyons owned by and located in the City of San Diego which total 1717 acres




About 500 Acres of New L.A. Parkland...

L.A. AND VENTURA MOUNTAIN AND RIVER PARKS UPDATE

From the agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for June through November 2015

HIGHLIGHTS:
PURCHASE OF 47 ACRES IN RAMIREZ CANYON IN MALIBU;
72 ACRES NORTH OF 101 FREEWAY IN AGOURA HILLS,
17 ACRE MOUNTAIN TOP IN LAUREL CANYON IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS, AND
33 ACRES IN BIG TUJUNGA CANYON IN THE EAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

NEW TRAILHEAD AT MISSION CANYON IN BRENTWOOD

OPEN SPACE DONATIONS AS PART OF DEVLOPMENTS IN THE SIMI HILLS:
290 ACRES IN DAYTON CANYON AND
68 ACRES AT THE ANDORRA PROJECT IN THE WEST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY


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BELOW: HOLLYWOOD HILLS PARK PROPOSED ABOVE LAUREL CANYON:
--grant for the benefit of the Laurel Canyon Association for the acquisition of APN 5562-006-020, and approximately 17 acre open space property in the City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/4/2015


DEVELOPMENTS: IN PINK SHADING
PARKS: IN GREEN SHADING

MALIBU AND LA COUNTY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

LA SIERRA CANYON: comment letter to Los Angeles County for proposed development at 30890 Mulholland Highway, La Sierra Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] SMMC 6/29/2015

NORTH MALIBU: comment letter to County of Los Angeles on Santa Monica Mountains North Area Community Standards District Vineyard Ordinance [Map] [Comment Letter] SMMC 9/28/2015

RAMIREZ CANYON: capital improvements at Ramirez Canyon Park, City of Malibu.* [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 11/2/2015

RAMIREZ CANYON: acquisition of APN 4465-004-084 (47.68 acres) in Ramirez Canyon unincorporated Malibu area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 8/5/2015

RAMIREZ CANYON: amendment to an existing agreement on APN 4467-002-002 to include a reduction in conservation easement area in exchange for a trail easement and monetary compensation. [Staff Report] MRCA 10/7/2015 REMOVED FROM AGENDA

LAS FLORES CANYON: acceptance of funds for trail installation and development pursuant to California Coastal Commission Consent Cease and Desist Order No. CCC-15-CD-03 and Restoration Order No. CCC-15-RO-03, Las Flores Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 9/2/2015
--acceptance of approximately 16 acres (APN 4438-033-059) pursuant to California Coastal Commission Consent Cease and Desist Order No. CCC-15-CD-03 and Restoration Order No. CCC-15-RO-03, Las Flores Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 9/2/2015

PUERCO CANYON: amendment to the scope of work for grant SMM-40-1517 for Puerco Canyon Project Planning and Design. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 9/2/2015 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 9/28/2015

ENCINAL, RAMIREZ, ESCONDIDO, LAS FLORES CANYON TRAIL EASEMENTS: acceptance of the offer to dedicate trail easements associated with Coastal Development Permit Nos. 4-92-157 (Lachman), 5-91-331-A (Tarrats), 4-97-113 (Eisenstein), 5-91-331-A (Bill), 5-91-331-A (Wertheim), 5-91-331-A (Ricciardone), 4-98-212 (Enkeboll), 4-99-139 (Weber) and 5-91-436 (Rancho Malibu), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 10/7/2015

COLD CREEK. OLD TOPANGA, FERNWOOD: acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit Nos. 5-90-525 (Winograd), 5-90-553 (Pacific World Development), 4-01-123 (Kaplan), 5-89-957 (Jameson), 5-90-1137 (Maysels) and 5-90-327 (Javid), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/4/2015

LATIGO CANYON: donation of a 6.64 acre property (APN 4464-024-015) off of Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/4/2015

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CALABASAS AND AGOURA HILLS:

CALABASAS: lease agreement with Sprint PCS for APN 2069-078-906 for the installation of a ground-level wireless facility, City of Calabasas. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 9/2/2015

CALABASAS: comment letter to City of Calabasas on the Canyon Oaks Draft Environmental Impact Report, Las Virgenes Valley. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] [Comment Letter] SMMC 8/17/2015

CALABASAS: comment letter to the City of Calabasas on the Viewpoint School expansion project and Mitigated Negative Declaration, 23604 and 23602 Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road and 23620 Mulholland Highway, City of Calabasas. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] [Map 2] SMMC 11/2/2015

AGOURA HILLS: South of 101 east of Kanan: acceptance of a donation of fee simple or conservation easement interest in an approximately 20-acre portion of APN 2061-023-002, Lindero and Triunfo Creek watersheds, City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/4/2015

LIBERTY CANYON south of 101: acquisition of APN 2064-006-001 (0.27 acre) City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 10/7/2015

LIBERTY CANYON: (a) the exchange of an approximately 1,200-square-foot portion of a conservation easement on APN 2064-006-018 for approximately 1,200-square-feet of new conservation split between APNs 2064-006-018 and 019, and (b) acceptance of processing and restoration funding, Liberty Canyon, City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 9/2/2015

LIBERTY CANYON SOUTH OF THE 101: acquire parcels removed from the 2015A public auction. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 11/4/2015

LIBERTY CANYON: joint exercise of powers agreement with the State Coastal Conservancy to facilitate grant funding for the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing, Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Draft JPA] SMMC 6/29/2015

72 acres north of 101 at Liberty Canyon: acquisition of APNs 2052-009-270 and 2055-010- 270, City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/4/2015

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SIMI HILLS IN CITY OF L.A.:

ANDORRA PROJECT:
33 HOMES ON 95 ACRES WITH 68 ACRES PRESERVED AS PARKLAND AND 7 ACRES OF PRIVATE WILDLIFE HABITAT PRESERVES: revised comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (sch No. 2015021057) for the Andora Project, Chatsworth, Simi Hills. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4] [Comment Letter] SMMC 8/17/2015
--resolution authorizing: (a) conditional support of the proposed Andora Estates project; (b) entering into an agreement with the project applicant; (c) authorizing the acceptance of temporary and revocable conservation easements over portions of APNs 2724-007-002 and 004, up to approximately 66 acres; (d) authorizing the future acceptance of conservation easements and fee simple interests over the same land subject to the temporary easements, and (e) authorizing the future acceptance of easements over additional deed restricted portions and trails of APNs 2724-007-004 up to approximately 13.5 acres, Simi Hills, Chatsworth, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 9/2/2015; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 10/7/2015

DAYTON CANYON:
290 ACRES Open Space Acquisition and Maintenance Agreement with Centex Homes for the 143 home Sterling West Hills Project, Dayton Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment] MRCA 9/2/2015
--Community Facilities District 2015-1 (Sterling West Hills) and authorize the levy of special taxes within said Community Facilities District, Dayton Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 9/2/2015
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 10/7/2015
[Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 10/7/2015
[Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 10/7/2015
--conduct due diligence environmental sampling prior to acceptance of dedication parcels and open space from Tentative Tract No. 52866, Dayton Canyon, Incorporated and Unincorporated City of Los Angeles area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 11/4/2015

BOX CANYON:
acquisition of APN 2017-005-033 totaling approximately 18.43 acres in Box Canyon, Chatsworth, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/4/2015


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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

OAK SPRINGS CANYON: acquisition of an approximately one-acre Los Angeles Flood Control District surplus property using non-USACE associated in-lieu mitigation funds, in City of Santa Clarita. apn 2840-009-900, [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 8/17/2015
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 8/5/2015

PLUM CANYON: comment letter to Los Angeles County on Modification to Recorded Tract Map 46018-11 for the Plum Canyon Project, unincorporated Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 8/17/2015

AGUA DULCE: habitat mitigation project grading, Agua Dulce Creek, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 10/7/2015

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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:

CHATSWORTH: transfer of interest in apn 2819-010-905, located in the Deerlake Highlands area of unincorporated Chatsworth, to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 9/28/2015

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VENTURA COUNTY:

MOORPARK: entering into a joint exercise of powers agreement with the City of Moorpark for open space purposes. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 6/29/2015

CAMARILLO: Consideration of resolution authorizing 1) application to the California River Parkways Grant Program for the acquisition of Conejo Creek and Calleguas Creek confluence adjacent property, western Santa Monica Mountains; 2) entering into a grant agreement; 3) entering into agreements with funding partners; 4) authorizing the use of in lieu fees for said acquisition; and 5) acquisition of the subject property. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 8/5/2015

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LA RIVER:

TAYLOR YARD: acquisition of open space, restoration, and recreational easement rights over the Los Angeles River-adjacent Taylor Yard G-2 Parcel, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] SMMC 9/28/2015

grant of Proposition 84 funds to the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation for an integrated design and technical analysis of Upper LA River reaches to identify a range of river interventions and multi-benefit projects, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 11/2/2015

ELYSIAN VALLEY: acceptance of a fee simple donation of a portion of APN 5442-009-018 totaling approximately 4.70 acres, 1753 Blake Avenue, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/4/2015

ELYSIAN VALLEY: acquire parcels in Los Angeles County Chapter 8 Agreement 2718, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] MRCA 10/7/2015

TUJUNGA WASH: infrastructure improvements at Tujunga Wash Greenway project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] SMMC 11/2/2015

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EAST LA HILLS:

ELEPHANT HILL: acquire parcels in Los Angeles County Chapter 8 Agreement 2718, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 2] MRCA 10/7/2015

ELEPHANT HILL AND GLASSELL PARK: acquire parcels removed from the 2015A public auction. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 11/4/2015

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LA CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

STUDIO CITY: acceptance of conservation easement(s) over portions of APNs 2427-005-022, 032, 033, and 034 (7521 Mulholland Drive), approximately 0.6 acres total, in the Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor, adjacent to Oakshire Open Space, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 7/8/2015

BEVERLY GLEN: acquire APNs 4380-011-012 and 4380-015-002, approximately 0.58 acres combined, Beverly Glen Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 9/2/2015

BEVERLY GLEN: acceptance of conservation easement(s) over APN 4380-006-018, approximately 5,000 square feet, on Seabury Lane, Beverly Glen, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 10/7/2015

LAUREL CANYON: grant for the benefit of the Laurel Canyon Association for the acquisition of APN 5562-006-020, and approximately 17 acre open space property in the City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/4/2015

SEPULVEDA PASS: request to the California Department of Transportation for a Transfer of Jurisdiction to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy of Sepulveda Pass right-of-way for cross-405 freeway wildlife corridor permanent habitat protection purposes, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 11/2/2015

MISSION CANYON TRAILHEAD AS REPLACEMENT FOR GETTY VIEW TRAIL: (a) entering into a Cooperative Agreement with the California Department of Transportation regarding Getty View Trailhead reimbursement and Interstate 405 Sepulveda Pass project, and (b) acceptance of payments, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 9/2/2015
--professional services contract with AHBE Landscape Architects for the Mission Canyon Trailhead project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment MRCA 8/5/2015

CANYONBACK TRAIL AT MULHOLLAND: agreement with the owner of APNs 4490-010-003 and 4490-010-001 regarding the MRCA conditionally withdrawing opposition to Los Angeles City Planning case no. DIR-2013-3020-DRB-SPP-MSP, and conditionally taking a neutral position toward future improvements on said parcels, in exchange for funding to acquire property in the Big Wild area, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 10/7/2015

SAN VICENTE MOUNTAIN PARK: comment letter regarding the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System (la-rics) Land Mobile Radio (lmr) project to the City of Los Angeles and involved agencies regarding San Vicente Mountain Park. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1a] [Attachment 1b] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Map] [Attachment 7] [Photographs] SMMC 11/2/2015

ECHO PARK: acquire parcels removed from the 2015A public auction. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 11/4/2015
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ANGELES FOREST AND VERDUGO AND SAN RAFAEL HILLS:

KAGEL CANYON: donation of 0.25-acre parcel (APN 2526-001-072) in Kagel Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/5/2015

BIG TUJUNGA CANYON: donation of APNs 2552-001-010 and 2552-002-013, approximately 33 acres, along Big Tujunga Canyon Road, Big Tujunga Canyon watershed, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 10/7/2015

SAN RAFAEL HILLS: agreement for the exchange of interests in real property and a pledge of donation relating to APNs 5666-003-001, 002, 003 and 5666-004-038, Glendale. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map MRCA 8/5/2015