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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

State to Fund Saving 9000 Acres in August

Notice of Meeting
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
August 30, 2016 10:00 a.m. Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium Sacramento, California 95814
Preliminary Agenda Items


SUMMARY:

2702 ACRES OF LAND PURCHASED, AND 6401 ACRES OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS



SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: 23 acres in fee ownership and 871 acres of development rights

Big Valley Wetlands, Melo Property, Lake County $135,000
grant to the Lake County Land Trust to acquire in fee 34± acres

East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Coelho), Contra Costa County $464,239
acquire 199± acres located in unincorporated Byron, Contra Costa County.

Stewarts Point Ranch, Sonoma County $3,020,000
acquire a conservation easement over 871± acres of forest lands

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CENTRAL VALLEY—SIERRA NEVADAS: 1247 acres in fee and 5530 acres of development rights (conservation easement)

Antelope Valley Wildlife Area, Expansion 6, Sierra County $180,000
acquisition in fee of 160± acres of land near Loyalton in Sierra County.

San Joaquin River Parkway (Circle V), Madera County $1,090,000
acquisition in fee of 21± acres

Anderson Ranch, Lassen County $1,195,000
grant to the Feather River Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Agency to acquire a conservation easement over 5,530± acres near the town of Doyle in Lassen County.

Crocker Meadows Wildlife Area, Expansion 2, Plumas County $1,755,000
acquisition in fee of 1,066± acres of land near Beckwourth in Plumas County.

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CENTRAL COAST:

Elkhorn Slough Land Exchange, Moro Cojo Slough – Calcagno, Monterey County $70,391
exchange of 14± acres for 16± acres located near Moss Landing in Monterey County.

North Carrizo Water Well Easement, San Luis Obispo County $1,100
acquisition of a water well easement in North Carrizzo Plains near Simmler

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SO-CALIF AND DESERT: 1220 acres in fee (full) ownership

Wheeler Ridge, Expansion 5, Mono County $435,000
acquisition in fee of 20± acres near Swall Meadows.

RLA Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, Shumway Ranch, Riverside County $276,622
acquisition of 640± acres near Palm Desert in Riverside County.

Western Riverside MSHCP (2012) – Terra, Riverside County $240,000
acquire in fee 280± acres near the city of Hemet, in Riverside County.

Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve, Expansion 8, San Diego County $120,000
acquisition in fee of 40± acres near the city of Jamul in San Diego County.

Sawmill Pebble Plain Ecological Preserve, Expansion 1, San Bernardino County $2,515,000
grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust to acquire in fee 240± acres located south of Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino Mountains

Coastal Land Deals this Spring

BY THE COASTAL CONSERVANCY
5/26/2016


117 acres--up to $35,000 to the Northcoast Regional Land Trust for pre-acquisition studies to preserve working lands, coastal wetlands, and fish and wildlife habitat at Bessette Ranch, Klamath River Estuary, Requa, Del Norte County.
73-acre Carr Lake Property in Salinas, Monterey County, disburse up to $2,500,000 to the Big Sur Land Trust to acquire
35.52 acres of open space adjacent to the San Luis Rey River in City of Oceanside, San Diego County; disburse up to $476,800 to the Trust for Public Land to acquire fee title
the Ormond Beach wetlands complex in Ventura County; disburse up to $350,000 for environmental services to prepare a restoration and public access plan
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L.A. Mountain Park News

Two Large Purchases on the West Side of L.A.'s Circle of Parks
 

--Ten Square Miles Draining into Lake Piru Next to the Los Padres National Forest


UPPER PIRU CREEK: acceptance of all or portion of the 6,006-acre Temescal Ranch in the Piru Creek watershed (APNs 3247-022-001 through 007, 3247-023-001 through 007), unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map 2] MRCA 6/1/2016
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/1/2016

Once proposed for 14,000 homes (1989)

More details on the purchase:




--371 Acres Linking the Santa Monica Mountains to the Santa Susana Mountains

371 ACRES IN BOX CANYON: grant to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District for the Simi Hills-Joncich Acquisition Project, apn's 646-0-170-040 and 649-0-010-415, unincorporated Ventura County area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map] SMMC 6/27/2016







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and more land deals Taken from agendas for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority  from 5/23/2016 to 8/3/2016

YELLOW SHADING: large purchases and donations

RED SHADING: development projects


LA CITY PORTION/SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

BETWEEN GRIFFITH PARK AND LAKE HOLLYWOOD: the acquisition of APNs 5580-018-022 and 023 (less than one acre) City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/3/2016

WEST SIDE OF CAHUENGA, SOUTH OF MULHOLLAND: donation of 0.436 acres (APN 5549-003-010, Cahuenga Pass, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] MRCA 8/3/2016, removed from agenda

LAUREL CANYON AT MULHOLLAND, 0.97 acres: grant to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for the Laurel Canyon Spring acquisition project, apn 5565-003-041, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 6/27/2016

BEVERLY GLEN CANYON, acceptance of a donation of approximately 0.13 acres, APN 4380-030-011, adjacent to existing MRCA open space, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/29/2016


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WEST SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

TOPANGA-SOUTH OF EDELMAN PARK: acceptance of a donation of less than acre, APN 4434-028-038, Topanga Canyon. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/6/2016

TOPANGA BEACH: acceptance of transfer of the Friedman lateral access way located at 19016 Pacific Coast Highway, City of Malibu from Access for All. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/6/2016

CALABASAS: Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the County of Los Angeles on the proposed single-family residence development project at 24604 Mulholland Highway, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 5/23/2016

STOKES CANYON: Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to Los Angeles County on Stokes Canyon project, 2397 Stokes Canyon Road, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map SMMC 6/27/2016

AGOURA HILLS, 0.27 acres: acquisition of a Liberty Canyon tributary, apn 2064-006-001, [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 6/27/2016

CARBON CANYON, MALIBU, 13.5 acres: acquisition of three or more Carbon Canyon Creek parcels, unincorporated Malibu area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] SMMC 6/27/2016

PUERCO CANYON: development of low-cost visitor serving overnight accommodations in Puerco Canyon. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] MRCA 6/29/2016

PEPPERDINE: acceptance of funds for trail purposes pursuant to the Pepperdine University Campus Life Project, Conditional Use Permit No. R2007-00203, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/3/2016

WEST OF BULLDOG MOTORWAY: acceptance of a 5-acre donation (APN 4464-020-055) in the upper Malibu Creek watershed, County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/3/2016

NICHOLAS CANYON, WEST MALIBU: acceptance of an offer to dedicate a trail easement, or acceptance of grant of a trail easement, associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 05-143 and CDP amendment No. 14-004, 34305 Pacific Coast Highway, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 6/1/2016

Consideration of resolution authorizing a grant of Proposition 12 funds to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for project planning and design services for inland and coastal trail and access projects, unincorporated Los Angeles County and City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map] SMMC 6/27/2016 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map] MRCA 6/29/2016

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SIMI HILLS:

WOOLSEY CANYON, 30.7 acres: acquisition of APN 2017-005-020, Woolsey Canyon, Chatsworth, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/29/2016

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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:

TOWSLEY CANYON, 270 acre Acquisition, Santa Clarita woodlands. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] SMMC 7/18/2016, [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 8/3/2016

PICO CANYON: Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to Los Angeles County on the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Aidlin Hills Project, vttm No.52796, sch No. 2014091027, Pico Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 5/23/2016

CHATSWORTH: quitclaim of a portion of APN 2816-030-001, pursuant to the Agreement Re: Acquisition of Real Property dated December 30, 1997 between the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, and Chatsworth Ridge Estates, LLC, Deerlake Highlands area, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 5/24/2016

MOORPARK: acceptance of an offer to dedicate a trail easement, or acceptance of grant of a trail easement, associated (a) acceptance of fee simple or conservation easement dedication interests over APNs 500-0-090-300, 500-0-100-045, 500-0-100-125 and 500-0-100-055 totaling approximately 75 acres; (b) entering into an agreement with the owner of Wayne J Sand and Gravel to receive set up costs and long-term maintenance funding, and (3) acceptance of said funding, unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/1/2016

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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

HASKELL CANYON: acceptance of a fee simple dedication of an approximately 66.91-acre parcel (APN 3244-031-079) and of annual payment from related homeowner’s association for parcel monitoring, Haskell Canyon, Santa Clara River watershed. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map MRCA 6/1/2016

OAK SPRINGS CANYON, EAST OF SAND CANYON, 1 acre: advancing funds to the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to allow the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to acquire APN 2840-009-900 in the Santa Clara River watershed; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/3/2016

SOLEDAD CANYON, SOUTH OF VASQUEZ ROCKS: Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of a donation of approximately 41 acres, APN 3210-006-002, Soledad Canyon area, Santa Clarita. [Staff Report MRCA 6/1/2016 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/6/2016

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ANTELOPE VALLEY:

ASSORTED PARCELS WEST OF PALMDALE: grant of conservation easements to the Desert and Mountains Conservation Authority, over APNs 3206-012-900, 3206-012-901, 3224-034-906, 3236-003-904, 3240-005-908, 3240-005-909, 3257-006-901, 3257-006-902, 3267-024-911, 3267-026-900, 3267-028-900, and 3279-002-902, totaling approximately 112 acres, Antelope Valley, County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/3/2016

acceptance of grant from Windward Fund for participation in the development of the Antelope Valley Regional Conservation Framework project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] MRCA 8/3/2016

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EAST LA HILLS:

4.9 ACRES: comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the 42 home Eastern Avenue-El Sereno project, Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 73531, Northeast Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 6/27/2016

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LA RIVER:

Green Solutions Phase IV. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2 SMMC 5/23/2016

planning and design of the Los Angeles River Greenway Ecosystem Restoration Area, Burbank to Boyle Heights. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map] SMMC 6/27/2016

grant for project planning and for subcontract with Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (RiverLA) and Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) for development of a stakeholder consensus process regarding future master planning needs and appropriate funding sources, Upper Los Angeles River Watershed. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 7/18/2016

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CHINO HILLS:

Consideration of resolution authorizing entering into an agreement for the monitoring and enforcement of protected open space pursuant to a conservation easement or restrictive covenant over approximately 29 acres of real property along with a possible future addition of 13 acres within the proposed Cielo Vista subdivision in proximity to Chino Hills State Park. [Staff Report] MRCA 7/6/2016