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Saturday, April 28, 2018

WCB 5/2018: CA to Buy North LA County River Campground to Connect parks

About 30,000 Acres of CA Forests and Habitat to Be Saved in May


HIGHLIGHT: The State board will fund the buy-out of a 51 acre KOA campground which is a key connection in the Pacific Crest Trail in LA County, and its acquisition would bridge a gap between two portions of Angeles National Forest. Over twenty-four acres of critical habitat for the federally-listed arroyo toad would be permanently protected in public ownership; along with other federally- and state-listed species.The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has tentatively agreed to assume ownership once the property is acquired.

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Meeting of CA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD (WCB)
May 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Preliminary Agendas:
SUMMARY:

SAN MATEO COUNTY: 160 ACRES OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS
TULARE/KERN COUNTIES: 36 ACRES
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DESERT: 367 ACRES
SISKIYOU COUNTY: 5849 ACRES PLUS DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS OF 1346 ACRRES
MENDOCINO COUNTY: 23,681 ACRES
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: 359 ACRES
NORTH LA COUNTY IN SOLEDAD CANYON: 51 ACRES
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DETAILS, SO FAR:

Restoration of 3000 acre Sanhedrin Ranch, owned by Trust For Public Land, in Mendocino National Forest (approximately 9000 acres of the ranch is still privately owned)

#8, Sinnott Parcel, near Pescadero in San Mateo County
$75,000 from WCB to CADFW to buy 160 acre conservation easement


#9, Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 58-68, in Tulare and Kern Counties
purchase of 36 acres in fee by CADFW with a WCB grant of $61,000


#10, Morongo Basin and Expansion 1, San Bernardino County
A WCB grant of $186,000 to Mojave Desert Land Trust to buy 367 acres in fee


#13, McCloud Soda Springs Working Forest, in Siskiyou County
A WCB grant of $610,000 to the Pacific Forest Trust to buy a 1346 acre forest conservation easement; CalTrans is also contributing money
DETAILS:


#14, Shasta Big Springs Fee Acquisition, near Montague, in Siskiyou County
A WCB grant of $2.44 million to CADFW to buy 5849 acres in fee


#15, Lyme Redwoods Company, Ten Mile River, near Fort Bragg in Mendocino County
WCB grant of $4.48 million to the Nature Conservancy to buy a 23,681 acre forest conservation easement. Also providing funding are CalFire, The State Coastal Conservancy, and the California Natural Resources Agency.


#18, Fay Canyon Wildlife Area Expansion 1 - Jobs Peak Ranch/Barber Creek, near South Lake Tahoe in Alpine County
WCB grant of $1.4 million to CADFW to buy 359 acres in fee


#19, Robin's Nest riverside campground, along Santa Clara River in north Los Angeles County.
A WCB grant of $1.6 million to the Trust For Public Land to buy 51 acres in fee, in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Monday, April 23, 2018

Big Purchase by City of Malibu on 4/23 18 Council agenda

Malibu City to Buy 29 Acres Along PCH From Perenchio Estate

The $42 Million buyout will prevent commercial development of prime land in developed Malibu

https://www.malibucity.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/3217?fileID=4306

The Perenchio estate owns a total of 70 acres in Malibu:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-02/perenchio-estate-selling-malibu-land-and-hoping-for-150-million

NOT PART OF THE DEAL: 25 acres zoned to allow houses on the inland side of PCH immediately west of Trancas Canyon road
http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-perenchio-malibu-portfolio-20171106-story.html


BELOW: The 19 acre parcel being purchased on the beach side of PCH between Kanan Dume Road and Heathercliff

BELOW: 10 acres being bought in Malibu Civic Center

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

SMMC-MRCA 3/7/2018 to 4/4/2018

More of Calabasas Peak Will Likely be saved soon: LA Mountain Park Deals

HIGHLIGHTS:
--101 acres on Calabasas Peak
--91 acres in Malibu's Carbon Canyon
--a new way into Malibu's Escondido Falls


Taken from agendas for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority,  March 7 to April 4, 2018


IN MALIBU:

Oceanfront, East of Malibu Bluffs park: acceptance of a fee title transfer from the State Coastal Conservancy for an approximately 0.23-acre public beach access property, APN 4458-009-900, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 3/7/2018

CARBON CANYON: (a) authorizing an application for Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) grant funds for the Carbon Canyon 91 Acres Acquisition Project, (b) entering into a grant agreement, and (c) authorizing the acquisition of the parcels (APNs 4453-005-081, -082, -083, -084, -085, -086, and -087) in Carbon Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 3/7/2018

CALABASAS PEAK: (a) entering into an option and purchase agreement for approximately 101 acres (APNs 4455-005-020, 4455-008-002 and 4455-008-003), (b) an option payment and deposit, and (c) the acquisition of said parcels, Calabasas Peak area, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Map ] MRCA 3/7/2018

ECSCONDIDO FALLS: Via Escondido Public Access Improvements, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 3/26/2018

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AGOURA HILLS:

TRIANGLE RANCH PURCHASE:
--resolution amending Resolution No. 17-184 authorizing acquiring all or a portion of the subject property (APNs 2061-031-019; 2063-005-013; 2063-006-022 & 023; 2063-036-001) pursuant to a promissory note secured by a deed of trust, unincorporated Los Angeles County and City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 3/16/2018
--resolution (a) amending Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Work Program to expand Significant Ecological Area No. 6, Las Virgenes SW Ridge to include Medea Creek riparian area and (b) adopting a project plan for the Triangle Ranch property (apns 2061-031-019, 2063-005-013, 2063-006-022, 023, and 2063-036-001), unincorporated Los Angeles County and City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment ] [Attachment 2] SMMC 3/22/2018

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SIMI HILLS:

authorizing (a) acceptance of a conservation easement over approximately 324 acres within the approximately 1500 acres of Runkle Canyon Open Space proposed to be held by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, and (b) acceptance of associated monitoring funds, Runkle Canyon, Simi Valley. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 4/4/2018

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NORTH LA COUNTY:

comment letter to the County of Los Angeles regarding Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Tesoro Del Valle Project (Revised Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. TR51644-1, sch No. 2016101032), Santa Clarita Valley, unincorporated County of Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3 SMMC 3/26/2018

acceptance of a conservation easement over approximately 78 acres of APNs 3210-014-024, -026, -033, and 3210-017-063, and (b) acceptance of associated monitoring funds, Bee Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 4/4/2018

Deerlake Highlands: resolution declaring intention to establish Community Facilities District 2018-1 (Santa Susana Mountains) and authorize the levy of special taxes within said Community Facilities District. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 3/7/2018


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SCC 3/2018: A few coastal projects get State $$

State Coastal Conservancy Board actions in March 2018

Study on how sea level rise will affect future wetland restoration projects: disburse up to $46,949 to the Aquatic Science Center to augment the previously authorized marsh migration studies for the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project Regional Strategy in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties

disburse up to $61,075 to the Smith River Alliance to prepare pre-acquisition studies to protect 22 acres of coastal wetlands and fish and wildlife habitat with a conservation easement on the Goodwin Pond Property, Smith River estuary, Del Norte County.

disburse up to $400,000 to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for acquisition of the 45 acre San Luis Obispo Creek Farms in the lower San Luis Obispo Creek watershed.

Full meeting agenda: http://scc.ca.gov/2018/03/08/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-in-oakland-march-22/