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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

End of 2016 LA Parkland update

New L.A. County Park Space in 2016


SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:

Addition to Antonovich park: 27.15 ACRES (now APN 2821-008-908 ) in Browns Canyon purchased by L.A. County in 2015
located at 12080 Browns Canyon Rd.  for the purchase price of $2,340,000
(Board of Supervisors File # 14-5675)


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SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

at the existing 40 year-old  650 acre Malibu Golf Club in upper Trancas Canyon:
--in 2014, County politicians OK'd conversion to Resort/golf/retreat center development; 450 acres to be dedicated as permanently preserved parkland, 20 acres will feature a cluster of 40 bungalows and meeting and sports related buildings
--This is the Regional Planning Commission's Approval Package for the project: http://planning.lacounty.gov/assets/upl/case/tr071735_rpc-package-20141119.pdf.
--This was the project website: http://themalibuinstitute.com/index.asp.
--At a public hearing in August 2014, the Board of Supervisors certified the project’s
Environmental Impact Report.
http://patch.com/california/malibu/supes-clear-way-for-major-renovation-at-malibu-golf-club

--3/11/2015: Golf Course owners file for bankruptcy: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-malibu-golf-club-chapter-11-20150311-story.html
http://la.curbed.com/2015/4/10/9972374/dick-fuld-lehman-brothers-malibu-golf-club

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2/7/2013: 20 acres at Topanga's Rocky Ledge saved, saved land there now totals 120 acres
http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?SectionID=&ArticleID=5844

http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?SectionID=&ArticleID=5026
locals seek to buy another 6 acres (in red border in map below)


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MRCA (parks agency)  buys 525 acre Ladyface OS and 86 acres on Latigo Canyon rd
http://malibusurfsidenews-blog.blogspot.com/2013/03/mcra-acquires-612-new-acres-of-parkland.html
Trail map: https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/a/3/0/highres_433779472.jpeg




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EAST L.A. HILLS:

37 acres “Flat Top” bought by Northeast Trees group from Foursquare Church of Echo Park with county $$ run through MRCA. Land is eventually to be owned by LA City
http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2014/10/montecito-heights-hilltop-to-become-parkland/


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SAN JOSE HILLS:

61 acres in Walnut Creek, unincorporated LA county surrounded by San Dimas, bought by Rivers and Mountains Conservancy for $9.4 million 6/2011 with prop 84 $
http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/Project.aspx?ProjectPK=7793&PropositionPK=4
MAP: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/wca/pages/78/attachments/original/1427418063/Walnut_Creek_Map_REV1-Low_Res.jpg?1427418063

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PALOS VERDES PENINSULA:

1/13/2015--Trump gives conservation easement to PVP Land Conservancy over 11.5 acres at Trump's Rancho Palos Verdes golf course; the land is currently used as driving range, had permits for 16 homes
http://pvplc.org/_news/docs/releases/TrumpConEasementEDNoQuote.pdf

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LOS CERRITOS WETLANDS:

http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20150906/oil-company-hopes-to-swap-land-in-los-cerritos-wetlands-for-new-drilling-operations

Synergy Oil & Gas, which has had oil extraction operations on property near the Long Beach-Seal Beach line, wants to drill 60 oil wells on 5 acres of land currently owned by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. In exchange, Synergy has offered to give the agency 76 acres of its current oil field as a mitigation bank

The agency would also get 4 acres of land, currently the site of Synergy’s offices, to be used as a visitors center at the wetlands, according to agency documents.

The deal would also involve Synergy ultimately giving the wetlands authority an additional 72 acres of wetlands where Synergy would remove 58 oil wells as petroleum extraction operations are phased in at other locations.

Synergy currently owns about 156 acres in eastern Long Beach bounded by Pacific Coast Highway, Second Street, the Los Cerritos Channel and Studebaker Road. The nearby 5-acre parcel that Synergy would acquire in the trade is northeast of the intersection of Second Street and Studebaker Road
MORE DETAILS: http://lcwetlands.org/board/2016-05-05/Item_7_SynergyUpdate_smallfile.pdf


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CONNECTOR BETWEEN GRIFFITH PARK AND ELYSIAN PARK:

Feb 14, 2016: 10 acre Corralitas Red Car property to be bought with around $1.5 million from L.A. City, County and SMMC; adjacent to the LA River:
http://www.losfelizledger.com/article/red-car-property-to-become-wildlife-reserve/

https://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2007/01/development-history.html

https://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2016/10/corralitas-red-car-property-49-unit.html
TPL drops exclusive option to buy the land


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SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CREEKS:

Reseda River Loop project at the confluence with the Los Angeles River and Aliso Creek: The new 2-acre park, located behind the West Valley YMCA, will create active and passive recreation and include a refurbished 1-mile trail connecting neighborhoods for nearby residents. Trail improvements will include a new pedestrian bridge to cross Aliso Creek, native plants, shaded benches, entry gates, interpretive signage and rest areas for cyclists and pedestrians.
http://sd27.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd27.senate.ca.gov/files/outreach/sd27-201408-enewsletter.php

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CATALINA ISLAND:


27 miles of hiking trails added to existing 37 mile trans-Catalina system
http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/10/14/65621/catalina-island-expands-network-of-hiking-paths/




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 So Calif Land Deals

ORANGE COUNTY:
11 acres will be bought by Bolsa Chica Land Trust from Signal Landmark and Goodell to settle lawsuit; price is being determined


RIVERSIDE AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES:

Projects that will receive $$:
--16 acres in City of Colton
--up to 4823 acres in the Coachella Valley
--1025 acres in Riverside County
--56 acres in the Chino Hills
--land in the Horseshoe Pebble Plain of the San Bernardino Mountains (SEE 9/10/2014 POST)
 
Feb 27, 2016

9/15/2016—600,000 acres in federal lands in the Amargosa Basin saved from solar project development as part of the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan

Feb 12, 2016

 
Feb 26, 2016
MDLT just transferred 820 acres in the Old Woman Mountains to protect access and ecosystem value #LWCF #Outdoors4all


SAN DIEGO COUNTY:

Jan 8 , 2016
Caltrans buys large chunk of Manchester Ave. strawberry fields http://www.encinitasadvocate.com/news/2016/jan/06/caltrans-buys-strawberry-fields/
@encinitasadvocate

10 Dec 2015
Lucky 5 Ranch purchase--KEY LAND PURCHASE CONNECTS STATE PARKS CONSER... http://fb.me/7BtS3PRK6





2016 Central Coast Land Deals

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY:

6/2/2016
Santa Cruz County Land Trust protects 124 acres of farmland, the Amesti apple orchard with a conservation easement.
price of easement: $400,000
Amesti was protected with $200,000 from the Department of Conservation’s california
Farmland Conservancy Program and $200,000 from the Land Trust

12/22/2014-LT of Santa Cruz buys 280 acres next to Hwy 17 tunnel project


MONTEREY COUNTY:

Clint Eastwood donated 79 acres along Carmel River to Big Sur Land Trust. He had given another 49 acres to the BSLT along the river in 1997

1290 acre Cross Creek ranch bought with federal $ by Ag Land Trust of Monterey County



 
SLO COUNTY:

3255 acres between Atascadero and SLO land saved with CE
The ranch area is 36 separate parcels making up the 3,255 acres. It is filled with streams, cattle range land, agriculture, and the man-made Eagle Lake. CE Donation was by Eagle Ranch LLC, owned by Greg and Jeff Smith
@lagunagreenbelt Mar 25, 2016

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:

21 acres at Carpinteria bluffs; groups still raising $$

10/22/2015: Santa Barbara LT receives 100 acre donation of Big Ben Ranch, southeast of Lompoc

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VENTURA COUNTY:

860 acre donation by Lloyd Properties to Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust

CA Natural Resources Agency awards $1 mil to Ventura Hillsides Conservancy to buy 300 acres out of 2123 acre Walker-Hearne ranch east of the Lloyd Ranch 

Central Valley and Sierra Nevadas:

Assorted Lands Saved in 2016

SHASTA COUNTY:

http://www.redding.com/news/local/open-space-plans-for-oregon-gulch-get-a-boost-33d6b24d-6b59-6926-e053-0100007f1dc5-381169071.html
5/27/2016: State parks may fund 165 acre purchase in Redding


GLENN COUNTY:

@Conserve_CA Feb 12, 2016
By matching fed funds with 1800 acres of land, we've helped protect small Hamilton City and river shore from floods http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20160211/imperilled-j-levee-in-hamilton-city-gets-another-burst-of-funding


CALAVERAS COUNTY:



http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/opinion/article_26ab681a-3f16-11e6-a99f-1ff494a375fb.html
3257 acre agricultural conservation easement at Airola's Oak Canyon Ranch may be bought by Rangeland Trust (located in Copperopolis)


TUOLUMNE COUNTY:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvfsp30UQW0&feature=youtu.be
400 acres added to Yosemite National Park, Ackerson Meadow



NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES:

@BearYuba 7 Dec 2015
A new era of land conservation is dawning for Bear Yuba Land Trust http://www.bylt.org/sierra-nevada-protected-forever/
12,000 acres owned by PG&E will have conservation easements owned by BYLT


NEVADA COUNTY:

26 Dec 2015: 35 acre Clover Valley Preserve was given to BYLT, now removing garbage, mattresses & tires. More: http://www.bylt.org/land/clover-valley-preserve

http://www.capradio.org/69828
412 acres bought by Truckee Donner Land Trust and sold to USFS; at Castle Valley trailhead of PCT
http://blogs.usda.gov/2016/04/19/partnership-protects-public-access-in-a-landscape-fit-for-a-king/


PlacerLandTrust ‏@PlacerLandTrust Nov 2
3 yrs ago (2014), 7.5 acres of the Aeolia Preserve was permanently protected. Read more at:
http://www.placerlandtrust.org/project/aeolia-preserve/




TULARE COUNTY:

66 acre Craig ranch in Tulare County @savetheredwoods 4/4/16
Land donation by Save the Redwoods League and Sequoia Riverlands Trustto the federal Bureau of Land Management improves access to giant sequoia grove near Visalia: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article61161792.html
https://www.savetheredwoods.org/league-announcement/save-redwoods-league-sequoia-riverlands-trust-donate-land-tulare-county-blm/
http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article61161792.html
MAP: https://www.savetheredwoods.org/protect/you-secured-a-new-gateway-to-giants/
http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/sports/outdoors/pathstopeaks/2016/03/04/nonprofits-donate-land-tulare-county/81337038/


KERN COUNTY:

https://kernvalleysun.com/kv_life/for-hot-springs-valley-acquisition#.V5EA0DLpL7E.twitter
CA SNC gives $500k for 189 acres near Lake Isabella

2016 East and South SF Bay New Parks Wrap-up

East and South San Francisco Bay Parks Deals:

IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY:

@SaveMountDiablo Jan 8 , 2016
Mount Diablo landowner selling 88 acre North Peak Ranch to conservation group. Group has 10 year option to raise $1.1 million to buy it.


Mar 16, 2016
$1 mil in restitution and giving up development rights on 107 acres in East SF BAY
Developer to pay millions after disturbing endangered California tiger salamander habitat: http://1.usa.gov/1S27HzZ


IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY:

2748 acre ranch purchase gets $25 mil Santa Clara Co money, seller is Manou Mobedshani; includes 2.5 miles of future Ridge Trail


IN SAN MATEO COUNTY:

96 acre Cordes farm south of Pescadero bought by POST, they will put a CE on it, and may sell to farmer

28 Dec 2015
256 acres of land protected in the Santa Cruz Mtns for wildlife!

Jan 12, 2016

 
2 Dec 201: POST purchased 376 acres for parkland in 2015 in the south west San Francisco bay area
@POST_fans
The digital version of our 2015 Annual Report is now available to view online! http://ow.ly/VmbyY


IN SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY:

Jan 29, 2016
Want to help move the Ridge Trail off SF streets, over Twin Peaks & through the wonderful Mt. Sutro Open Space?



Govt. and Non-Profits save North SF Bay Parcels

2016 North San Francisco Bay Park Deals:

IN MARIN COUNTY:
6/28/2016: 491 acre Jacobsen ranch development rights bought by MALT

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 IN SONOMA COUNTY:

 
Mar 16, 2016
173 acres in Sonoma county bought 2014 by Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District...
Public access plan for 991 feet tall Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg in the works: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5367764-181/fitch-mountain-park-moves-a


 
Sonoma Land Trust to buy 162 acres from Margaret Spaulding, located between Hood Mountain and Sugarloaf Ridge State parks

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 IN NAPA COUNTY:

Feb 8, 2016
Land Trust of Napa County completes protection of Archer Taylor Preserve.
50 acres added, preserving 380 acres total of Archer Taylor Preserve


@NapaLandTrust Jan 11, 2016
25 acre Beckstoffer conservation easement donated to Napa LT. More at:
The family has donated easements on over 400 acres to the land trust




Two North Coast Redwood Deals in 2016

Save the Redwoods League Saves Over 14,000 Acres in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties

First is the entrance to the Headwaters ancient redwoods preserve which the feds purchased almost 20 years ago:
https://www.savetheredwoods.org/project/westfall-ranch/
League buys 77 acres next to Headwaters Forest Reserve in Humboldt, for $1.1 million
6/14/2016


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The second is a purchase of a conservation easement over a huge ranch southwest of Ukiah

 
18 Dec 2015
SRLs Mailliard ranch deal buys development rights from 14,898 acres
@savetheredwoods 17 Dec 2015