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Saturday, May 7, 2016

In the Works:

Big Additions to LA's Circle of Parks

SUMMARY:
--Over 400 acres in Chatsworth trail corridor-a purchase
--1280 acres in Soledad Canyon--donated
--37 acres in East side of Topanga
--40 acres in Liberty canyon, north of Malibu Creek state park
 and more


(Taken from agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority from 1/6/16 to 5/4/16)


IN ABOVE MAP: Proposed purchases are in green outline


SIMI HILLS/SANTA SUSANA PASS

acquisition of 30 acre Woolsey Canyon Creek property, Chatsworth area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map] SMMC 3/28/2016

Woolsey Canyon – Simi Hills acquisition project, 30 ACRES AND 18 ACRES. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 2/3/2016

371 acres total, Joncich and WG Realty parcels: grant of mitigation funds to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District for the acquisition of APNs 646-0-170-040 and 649-0-010-415, Simi Hills, unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016

acquisition of APN 2723-001-001 (4.47 acres) in the Santa Susana Pass using mitigation funding and acceptance of private and public funding for said acquisition, Chatsworth area. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston; David Seror; Jessica L. Bagdanov, and Nancy Zamora.. Under consideration: price and terms. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 3/2/2016

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 MONICA MOUNTAINS-WEST AND VENTURA COUNTY:


ARROYO SEQUIT CREEK:

POSSIBLE ACQUISITION – 45 acre Camp Bloomfield/Arroyo Sequit Creek project: unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 3/28/2016 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map] MRCA 2/3/2016

20 acres west side of Little Sycamore Canyon road: acceptance of a donation of APNs 4472-005-011 and 012, each approximately 10 acres, in the Arroyo Sequit watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016



TOPANGA:

acquisition of approximately 6.28-acre parcel APN 4448-018-018 (1809 Tuna Canyon Road), adjacent Rocky Ledge, in the Topanga Canyon Watershed, unincorporated County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 4/6/2016

acquisition of up to 37.05 acres comprised of all or portions of APNs 4434-008-007 and 4434-001-004 including conservation easement interests, and entering into necessary agreements with the owner to cover various pre-acquisition costs, Topanga Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Tom Steers. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016

acceptance of a donation of an approximately 0.21-acre property (APN 2072-026-009), Old Topanga Canyon Road, City of Calabasas. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016



PUERCO CANYON TRAIL AND CAMPGROUND DESIGN PROJECT, 703 ACRES:
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] MRCA 2/3/2016contract with Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. for engineering services for the Puerco Canyon project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] MRCA 5/4/2016
contract with Mia Lehrer + Associates for design services for the Puerco Canyon project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] MRCA 5/4/2016
Coastal Camping at Puerco Canyon program. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 5/4/2016



LIBERTY CANYON:

habitat restoration both on and off Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority property in the 101 freeway corridor (both sides) at Liberty Canyon, City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/6/2016

acquisition of APN 2063-048-011, a 40-acre property in Liberty Canyon, Agoura Hills.
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/6/2016
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 4/25/2016

acquisition of APN 2064-006-001 (approximately 0.27 acres), Liberty Canyon at 101 freeway, City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016


HIDDEN VALLEY:
comment letter to Ventura County, Major Modification of Planned Development Permit No. LU08-0133, 2701 White Stallion Road, Hidden Valley. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 1/11/2016

YERBA BUENA ROAD,
70 acres: comment letter to Ventura County on Case No. Pl 16-0006, 9899 Yerba Buena, unincorporated Ventura County. [Comment Letter] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Resolution] SMMC 2/22/2016


LADYFACE MOUNTAIN,
7 acres: comment letter to the City of Agoura Hills on Mitigated Negative Declaration for proposed Ladyface Mountain Senior Apartments project, VTTM 71742, 30800 Agoura Road. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 4/25/2016

FROM TOPANGA TO LEO CARRILLO:
project planning and design work on Malibu coastal trail and access projects, City of Malibu and unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] SMMC 4/25/2016 [Staff Report] [Map] MRCA 4/6/2016


acceptance of an additional easement over a portion of the property located at 22548 Pacific Coast Highway, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] MRCA 1/6/2016, REMOVED FROM AGENDA

SWEETWATER MESA:
acceptance of a trail easement at 3093 Sweetwater Mesa Road on portions of APNs 4452-025-025 and 4453-005-089, City of Malibu and unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/6/2016

acceptance of trail easement at 27865 Winding Way (APN 4467-005-007), City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map ] MRCA 3/2/2016

BIG ROCK BEACH:
beach access project at 20516 Pacific Coast Highway, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 4/6/2016

FROM TOPANGA TO ZUMA:
acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 5-91-755 (Preferred Financial), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016

CARBON CANYON:
acquire Carbon Canyon Creek parcels, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016


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SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS-IN LA CITY

CAHUENGA PASS:
acceptance of a donation in fee of APN 5549-003-010, approximately 0.44 acres. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 4/6/2016

CAHUENGA PASS:
Exchange of up to a total one-acre combination of APNs 2428-028-900 and 5549-001-900 and additional road easement for APN 5549-001-001 (4.53-acres) for habitat linkage purposes [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016

LAUREL CANYON:
acquire a Laurel Canyon spring parcel, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016

STUDIO CITY/COLDWATER CANYON:
comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Harvard-Westlake School project. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] SMMC 3/28/2016

STUDIO CITY/COLDWATER CANYON:
sale of an approximately 0.15 acre portion of APN 2385-018-904 and retaining a conservation and trail easement over all of said portion; 12899 W. Mulholland Drive, City of Los Angeles. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Moe Hayat. Under consideration: price and terms. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016

HOLLYWOOD HILLS:
acceptance of conservation easement(s) over portions of APN 5572-002-005 (2745 and 2755 Outpost Drive), approximately 0.33 acres total, Mulholland Scenic Corridor, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 4/6/2016

BILLIONAIRE BUYS 292 or 450 ACRES ALONG 405 FREEWAY


WOODLAND HILLS:
Operation and maintenance of a new open space area at the Girard Reservoir [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/6/2016


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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS

CHATSWORTH-NORTH OF 118 FREEWAY:
agreement with Forestar Chatsworth LLC (Deerlake Ranch project) to: (a) provide various temporary and permanent easements on adjacent Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) Deerlake Highlands parcels; (b) conduct oak tree mitigation on adjacent MRCA property; (c) accept funding for various purposes, and (d) accept the dedication of the following eighteen parcels totaling over one acre (APNs 2819-003-001; 2819-003-005; 2819-003-006; 2819-003-007; 2819-004-030; 2818-009-032; 2818-004-053; 2818-004-054; 2818-005-003; 2818-005-014; 2818-006-007; 2818-006-021; 2818-007-025; 2818-007-026; 2818-008-009; 2818-008-024; 2818-009-031, and 2818-009-033); unincorporated Chatsworth area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] MRCA 1/6/2016

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SANTA CLARITA AND ANTELOPE VALLEYS

PICO CANYON:
comment letter to Los Angeles County on Draft Environmental Impact Report for Aidlin Hills Residential Project (Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 52796 – sch No. 2014091027) Pico Canyon, unincorporated Santa Clarita area. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Map] SMMC 1/11/2016

SOUTH OF 14 FREEWAY AND HIGHWAY 126:
project planning and design work on upper Santa Clara River watershed projects in the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor, City of Santa Clarita and unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] [Attachment 3] SMMC 4/25/2016 [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 5/4/2016

TEJON RANCH:
comment letter to Los Angeles County on the revised Notice of Preparation (SCH No. 2004031072 ) for the Centennial Project, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 1/6/2016

SOLEDAD CANYON:
acceptance of a conservation easement over an approximately 63-acre portion of APN 3209-011-006, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/6/2016

SOLEDAD CANYON:
acceptance of a donation of approximately 500 acres (APNs 3209-006-018 and 3209-007-020), unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016

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EAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY-ANGELES FOREST:

VERDUGO HILLS GOLF COURSE RE-DEVEVELOPMENT:
comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on Draft Environmental Impact Report (env-2007-3083-eir) and Recirculated Portions of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (rp-deir) for Verdugo Hills Golf Course project, 6433 La Tuna Canyon Road, Tujunga. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] SMMC 1/11/2016

acceptance of a donation of an approximately 0.08 acre property, APN 5607-026-009, in the Mountain Oaks area, City of Glendale. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 3/2/2016

Lopez Canyon Park Improvement project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map ] MRCA 3/2/2016

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ASSORTED:

Consideration of resolution adopting the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Annual Report for fy 2014/2015. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Annual Report] SMMC 2/22/2016

Preview of findings from the Green Solution Project, Phase IV: Using Nature-Based Solutions to Transform Stormwater Runoff into New Water Supplies and Reduce Greenhouse Gases. [Staff Report] SMMC 4/25/2016

Consideration of resolution adopting FY 16/17 Workprogram. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/4/2016


Friday, May 6, 2016

State Adds to Monterey Wetland Park

Elkhorn Slough Wetlands Preserve to Grow

(from the March 2016 Coastal Conservancy agenda

107 acre Sand Hills Farm purchase, Monterey County
(the Conservancy regularly buys and preserves land along the California coast. The board also met in January but did not consider any land purchases:

CA Wildlife Conservation board deals

State $$ Will Save 2459 Acres at June Meeting

Notice of Meeting
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
June 2, 2016 10:00 a.m. California State Capitol, Room 437 Sacramento, California 95814


CENTRAL VALLEY-SIERRA NEVADAS:

Oest Ranch Oak Woodlands Conservation Easement, Expansion 1, Placer County $495,000
grant to the Placer Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 77± acres of land for the protection of native oak woodland habitat and for the protection and preservation of sensitive biological resources located near the City of Auburn

Sheep Ranch Conservation Easement, Expansion 4, Calaveras County $270,000
acquisition of a conservation easement over 155± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the protection of habitat, including native oak woodlands, for the benefit of deer and mountain lions located near Arnold]

Bufford Ranch Conservation Easement, Expansion 1, Kern County $214,000
grant to the California Rangeland Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 261± acres of land to preserve, protect and sustain the rangeland, grazing land, grassland, working landscapes, wildlife habitat, and watersheds located approximately 12 miles south of Lake Isabella


SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

Hanson Hills, Contra Costa County $10,000
acquire 76± acres of land for the protection and preservation of existing regional wildlife linkages, including grassland and oak woodland savannah habitat areas within the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan, located in the Diablo Mountain Range, west of the City of Brentwood
Silver Spur Ranch, Lake County $440,000
grant to Tuleyome to acquire in fee 1,280± acres of land for the protection of habitat such as blue oak woodland, riparian areas, and chaparral, and to provide for potential future wildlife oriented public use opportunities located near Clearlake Oaks. Seller: Dharma Realm Buddhist University
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Puma Canyon, Expansion 7, San Bernardino County $105,000
grant to the Transition Habitat Conservancy for a cooperative project with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to acquire 20± acres of land to conserve lower montane chaparral and woodland habitat for the benefit of deer, mountain lion, and other wildlife species located in Puma Canyon, near the community of Phelan

Live Oak Canyon and Expansion 1, Riverside County $978,500
To consider the allocation of two grants, one to the Western Riverside County - Regional Conservation Authority and one to the City of Redlands for cooperative projects with Western Riverside County-Regional Conservation Authority, the Riverside Land Conservancy, and the City of Redlands to acquire a total of 162± acres of land from two separate landowners in Riverside and San Bernardino County.

Western Riverside MSHCP (2012) – Riverpark, Riverside County $818,500
acquire in fee 108± acres of land near the City of Lakeview

Canada de San Vicente Ecological Reserve, Expansion 1, San Diego County $370,000
acquisition in fee of 169± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the protection of core wildlife linkages and endangered species habitat located near the community of Lakeside

Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, Expansion 7 and 8, San Diego County $369,240
acquisition in fee of 141± acres of land from two separate landowners by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the protection of core wildlife linkages and endangered species habitat, located near the community of Jamul

Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve, Expansion 7, San Diego County $32,000
acquisition in fee of 10± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for the preservation and protection of habitat to protect rare, threatened, endangered and fully protected species, located near the community of Jamul