Indexed News on:

--the California "Mega-Park" Project

Tracking measurable success on efforts across California to preserve and connect our Parks & Wildlife Corridors



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1. long detailed stories on blogspot (here!)
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3. automated news feeds from CA enviro websites in the right-hand column which change frequently and are not archived by our website (that's why we now have a twitter account to permanently capture the memorable feeds)

Monday, June 17, 2019

WCB 5/2019

Preservation of More Than 2000 Acres is Funded By State Wildlife Board in May


Sierra Valley, expansion 4, purchase 468 acre conservation easement in Plumas County by Feather River Land Trust for $830,000, with $415,000 from the WCB, and $415,000 from the Federal Natural Resources Conservation Service

East Contra Costa, 120 acre Olesen/Duke property, fee title purchase by CC County, price is $1.08 million with $100,000 from the WCB, $512,000 from USFWS, and $467,000 from the East Bay Reg. Park District

Morongo Basin expansion 5, fee title purchase of 15 acres by the Mojave Desert Land Trust, price is $34,000 with $28,100 from the WCB, and $6400 from the MDLT

Ervin Ranch in El Dorado County, purchase of 1781 acres in fee title for $9.5 million, with $4.055 million from the WCB, $4.5 million from the Federal gun tax, and $1 million from CalTrans; land to be owned by CA DFW

282 acre John Henry ranch in San Diego county, purchase of fee title for $4.2 million, with $3.2 million from the WCB and $1 million from the CA Natural Resources Agency, granted to Escondido Creek Conservancy

SCC 5/2019

Two Projects Get Funding By CA Coastal Conservancy

agenda:

FILLMORE 269 ACRES-disburse up to $300,000 to Santa Clara River Conservancy to develop a restoration and public access plan for the 269 acre former California Watercress property on the Santa Clara River east of the town of Fillmore in Ventura County (purchased by the State in 2017). SCC 5/16/2019


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WEST MALIBU 136 ACRES-disburse up to $800,000 to the Trust for Public Land for the acquisition of 136 acres of undeveloped land at the headwaters of the north fork of Arroyo Sequit Creek in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Los Angeles County. Total price is $1.6 million (½ of which is coming from LA County); SCC 5/16/2019

SMMC-MRCA 4/22 to 6/24/2019

A Bunch of New Parks and Development Threats in the LA Mountains, Spring 2019

taken from the agendas of LA's mountain park agencies (Santa Monica Mountains Consrervancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority)


WHAT SHADING MEANS:
PARK PROJECTS
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Click on maps to enlarge

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MALIBU/SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

WEST MALIBU 136 ACRES--acceptance of approximately 136 acres from the Trust for Public Land (APNs 4472-005-003, 4472-005-004, 4472-005-010, 4472-006-001, 4472-006-003 and 4472-006-012), Arroyo Sequit watershed, unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/1/2019



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Lechuza Beach Public Access Improvements Project, Lechuza Beach, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] MRCA 5/1/2019

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KANAN-DUME 23 ACRES-(a) entering into an option agreement for the purchase of 23.71-acre Kanan Dume-Ramirez Canyon property (APNs 4467-002-066, 067 and 068); from Andrew Buss/Elizabeth Blakely for the Smith and Lauber Trusts. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/1/2019



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CALABASAS 19 ACRES-acceptance of an approximately 19-acre conservation easement, in exchange for development of a small area of the parcel, on APN 4455-027-039, Stokes Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019



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TOPANGA 42 ACRES-(a) the acquisition of APNs 4436-023-009, 4436-021-039 and 040 (approximately 42 acres) using mitigation funding, and (b) acceptance of private funds for said acquisition, Topanga Skyline area, Seller: Tyrone Sisson. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/5/2019



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CARBON CANYON 91 ACRES-(a) authorizing acceptance of State Coastal Conservancy’s (SCC) Santa Monica Bay Restoration Grant as recommended by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, (b) entering into a grant agreement with SCC, (c) authorizing acceptance of Los Angeles County’s Calabasas Landfill Economic Recovery Account funds, (d) entering into a grant agreement with Los Angeles County Sanitation District, and (e) authorizing acceptance of a private donation to acquire approximately 91 acres (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]
This action will authorize the acceptance of matching funds from SCC’s Santa Monica Bay Restoration Grant funds (up to $350,000), Los Angeles County’s Calabasas Landfill Economic Recovery Account funds (up to $1,000,000), and a private donor (up to $350,000). MRCA 6/5/2019



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Coastal Slope Trail Public Works Plan, Unincorporated Los Angeles County and Cityof Malibu. SMMC 6/24/2019

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LA CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

Mission Canyon Park project, and (b) Adoption of a Youth Employment Plan, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 6/5/2019

acceptance of conservation easement over portions of APN 5577-014-009 (3020 Lakeridge Drive), approximately 1.8 acres, in the Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor and adjacent to the Lake Hollywood Reservoir, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019

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EAST LA HILLS:

acceptance of donation of approximately 0.17 acres, APN 5306-006-007, El Sereno, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019

CHINO HILLS 300 ACRES-acceptance of: (a) APNs 1033-151-27 and 1033-171-14 totaling approximately 300 acres; (b) stewardship funding, and (c) future transfer to State Parks, adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, City of Chino Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019



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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

EAST-RICE CANYONS 50 ACRES-acceptance of donation of approximately 50 acres in the Santa Clarita Woodlands (2826-029-012 through 018 and 020), unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/5/2019




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Marple Canyon Wildlife Crossing Enhancement Project in unincorporated Castaic, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/5/2019

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the PP1 and PP2 Transmission Line Conversion Project, SCH No. 2018011039, Santa Clarita and Sylmar. SMMC 6/24/2019

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MOORPARK:

ARROYO SIMI 49 ACRES-acceptance of a Transfer of Jurisdiction (apns 500-0-360-365 and 410 at 48 and 1.0 acres, respectively) from the California Department of Transportation, Arroyo Simi, Moorpark area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 4/22/2019




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LA RIVER:

Los Angeles River Environmental Flows Study, project planning and design, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] SMMC 4/22/2019 (postponed); Supplemental Analysis, [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 5/20/2019
EXCERPT: “Increased reuse (of cleaned water from sewage, rather than discharge into the rivers) could result in a reduction of instream flow, potentially impacting the beneficial uses which the Water Boards must protect via established flow rates. When a Wastewater Treatment Plant seeks to reduce the amount of water they discharge into the river, and that reduction could reduce instream flow, they must file a wastewater change petition and obtain approval under Water Code Section 1211 (1211 petition) from the State Water Board. A key provision of the1211 petition is to demonstrate that the reduced discharge will not unreasonably affect fish and wildlife, or other public trust resources.”


Saturday, April 6, 2019

WCB 3/2019

Our State Wildlife Board Financed Saving Several Thousand Acres for Wildlife in March

FULL AGENDA WITH MAPS:


IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

8 Acre Luffenholtz Beach in Trinidad in Humboldt County, transfer from State to Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

65 acre donation to state of Lower Yuba River property from Bear Yuba Land Trust

64 acres-Wheeler Ridge preserve expansions 9 and 10, in Mono County, purchase of 4 acres by the State for $150,000, and donation of 59 acres to the State from the Eastern Sierra Land Trust

32 acres-Battle Creek in Shasta County, purchase of 32 acres, price is $680,000

2607 acres-Whiskey Hill in Colusa County, purchase of conservation easement over 2607 acres by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, grant of $759,000



IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

479 acres-Coachella Valley in Riverside County, (Clifton-Lamb property, west of Palm Springs) purchase of 479 acres with federal funds

58 acres near Murrieta in Western Riverside, grant of $1.07 million in federal funds to Riverside County

5 acres purchased at Denk Mountain, in San Diego County, with $74,200 in federal funds, by the Center For Natural Lands Management

162 acres-Van Dam Cornerstone in San Diego County, grant to City of Poway for purchase of 162 acres, with federal funds

1415 acres-Desert Springs near Lake Isabella in Kern County, 1415 acres by TPL, grant of $1.38 million

120 acres-Portal ridge in North LA County, purchase of 120 acres from 2 owners by the Transition Habitat Conservancy; grant of $480,000


SMMC-MRCA 1/1/2019 to 4/3/2019

The Latest LA Mountain Park Projects, Both Good And Bad
From 1/1/2019 to 4/3/2019

KEY:
PARK CREATION PROJECTS
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ON NATURAL LANDS

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MALIBU/SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

CARLISLE CANYON: acceptance of donation of approximately 30 acres (APNs 694-0-210-120, 370 and 510), pursuant to Resolution No. 96-52, in Carlisle Canyon of the Santa Monica Mountains in unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/9/2019

LAS FLORES CANYON: acceptance of a donation of approximately 8.62 acres, APN 4448-026-072, Las Flores Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

MALIBU PIER: construction, operation, and maintenance of two beach access stairways at Malibu Pier, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/6/2019

WEST OF DECKER CANYON CAMP: acquire 40 acres APN 4472-019-002 in Los Alisos Canyon and Lachusa Canyon in the coastal Santa Monica Mountains, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/6/2019 (map also includes APNs 4472-030 003, 005, and 007)

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CALABASAS:

77 acres east of Las Virgenes Road at Agoura Road: comment letter to the City of Calabasas on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 77 acre West Village at Calabasas project (formerly called “Canyon Oaks”), containing 180 multifamily units and 5800 square feet of retail with 66 acres as open space and flood control basin. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] see attachment 3 for map
SMMC 1/28/2019

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LA CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

BEVERLY GLEN: sale of up to 500 square feet of a portion of APN 4379-032-900 and retaining a conservation easement over up to 200 square feet of said portion to resolve encroachment and retaining wall issues with adjacent property owner of 14220 Mulholland Dr., APN 4379-032-006, in the City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 3/6/2019

WEST OF 405: Mission Canyon Park project, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]

BRONSON CANYON: Under 1 acre, acquisition of APNs 5580-018-022 and 023 and accepting private funds for said acquisition near Griffith Park, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/3/2019

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LOS ANGELES RIVER:

planning grant to Heal the Bay for study of existing Los Angeles River riverfront parks to predict ecosystem function of future riverfront projects, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/25/2019

Pacoima Wash Greenway-El Dorado Park project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

contract with Tetra Tech, Inc. for the development of an Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Revitalization Plan. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/6/2019

Los Angeles River Environmental Flows Study, project planning and design, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/6/2019

Taylor Yard G2 property owned by the City of Los Angeles and a multipurpose easement over an approximately 12.5 acre portion of APN 5442-002-823, to be acquired by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, located adjacent to the Los Angeles River in Glassell Park. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Map 2] MRCA 4/3/2019

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VENTURA COUNTY WILDLIFE CORRIDORS:

comment letter to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on the amendments to the General Plan and Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to establish a Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridors Overlay Zone, a Critical Wildlife Passage Areas Overlay Zone, and related regulations (PL16-0127). [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 2/25/2019

comment letter to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on the amendments to the General Plan and Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance to establish a Habitat Connectivity and Wildlife Corridors Overlay Zone, a Critical Wildlife Passage Areas Overlay Zone, and related regulations (PL16-0127). [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/6/2019

THOUSAND OAKS: Proposition 68 grant to the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden for a stream restoration project, City of Thousand Oaks. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/25/2019

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NORTH LA COUNTY/ANTELOPE VALLEY

sponsorship of the Antelope Valley Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (av rcis) in accordance with California Fish and Game Code Section 1852(a) and requesting the California Department of Fish and Wildlife approve the av rcis. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 2/25/2019

BOUQUET CANYON, SOUTHEAST OF HASKELL CANYON PARK: comment letter to the City of Santa Clarita on the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Bouquet Canyon Residential Development and Bouquet Canyon Road Realignment project, sch No. 2018121009, Santa Clarita. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 3/25/2019

WEST OF 14 FREEWAY, 710 HOMES AND OFFICE PARK: comment letter to the City of Santa Clarita on the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Princessa Crossroads Development Project, Santa Clarita. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 3/25/2019

Proposition 68 project planning and design grant to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for Santa Clara River projects. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 3/25/2019

Robin’s Nest Fire Recovery and Habitat Restoration Project in Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] MRCA 1/9/2019

BETWEEN 5 FREEWAY ON CASTAIC: acceptance of donation of approximately 250 acres (APNs 3244-014-051, 052; 3247-017-025, 029, 055, 058, 060, 078, 090, 092, 093, 094 and 3247-018-034), pursuant to Resolution No. 96-52, in the Marple Canyon tributary of the Santa Clara River, Unincorporated Castaic area, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/9/2019

SOUTH OF 5 FREEWAY IN NEWHALL PASS: sale of an approximately 967-square-foot portion of 2826-025-905 to Southern California Edison in coordination with METRO related to the I-5 HOV and Truck Lane Project, Gavin Canyon, unincorporated Santa Clarita area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 1/9/2019

Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon Pavilion and Access improvements, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

PALMDALE: Ritter Ranch open space: agreement with AT&T for installation of tower at APN 3206-015-900. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Item X map] MRCA 2/6/2019

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EAST LA HILLS:

restoration project at Flat Top, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 2/25/2019

Natural Park at Ramona Gardens, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

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BALLONA CREEK:

Sepulveda Channel Greenway project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/6/2019

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LA COUNTYWIDE:
comment letter to Los Angeles County on the proposed Significant Ecological Area Ordinance. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 2/25/2019


Friday, April 5, 2019

SCC 3/2019

Malibu and San Mateo Coast Purchases Get $$ from the State Coastal Conservancy in March

FULL AGENDA: http://scc.ca.gov/2019/03/01/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-in-riverside-march-14/

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#5: 91 acres in Carbon Canyon: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2019/1903/20190314Board05_Santa_Monica_Bay_Restoration.pdf
see page 5

purchase of 91 acres in Malibu's Carbon Canyon, by TPL, to be owned by the MRCA
seven parcels  (Assessor’s Parcel Numbers:4453-005-081 through 4453-005-087).
Total price: $2.2 million
MAP: http://maps.assessor.lacounty.gov/Geocortex/Essentials/REST/sites/PAIS/VirtualDirectory/AssessorMaps/ViewMap.html?val=4453-005

Proposed Funding Sources:
Coastal Conservancy $350,000
California Natural Resources Agency (EEM) $500,000
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (Prop 68) $350,000
Los Angeles County (Prop A) $1,000,000
Project Total: $2,200,000

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#9: purchase of 58 acre Tunitas Creek Beach in San Mateo County, price is $8.2 million (SCC will provide $6.2 million and POST is giving $2 million. San Mateo County Parks will get the land)
http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2019/1903/20190314Board09_Tunitas_Creek_Beach.pdf

MAP: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2019/1903/20190314Board09_Tunitas_Creek_Beach_Ex1.pdf

Friday, March 1, 2019

old Eco Newsletters found on The Web.....

On Saving Land in Northern California....

I have been writing a book on saving the remaining wild lands in California. Part of this project has been finding out what every local land-conserving group has been doing.

A lot of them have websites or facebook or twitter pages. Searching through them has been a massive amount of work.

Some of these groups have published newsletters summarizing their work, and a lot of these were once posted on their websites. However, a lot of these newsletters have disappeared from their websites, likely due to the cost of hosting such a massive trove of information.

Thanks to my scanning machine and the internet archive project (archive.org), I have digitized or otherwise recovered a lot of that land preservation history. Much of what is in the following links is indexed and highlighted so you can find information about specific preservation battles quicker.


NORTHCOAST ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER'S ECONEWS, 1977 TO CURRENT:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9LmG-F54IfpblIySlNsUmZuTUE
https://www.yournec.org/econews/
https://archive.yournec.org/econews

MENDOCINO ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER NEWS 1988-2003
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qFPpCoI1Gk_aJWmNsJ3lTS4UzCccV-zh

MENDOCINO COUNTRY NEWSPAPER, 1988-2011
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tDXbAcFbQZF201xnNtnRGlnAhDTjyXP4

MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT (SOUTHWEST SF BAY) 2003 TO CURRENT
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1t50kM9qtWueS9pnCLGZPgUsWUjVK2Z3A?usp=sharing

TERRAIN MAGAZINE 1985-2010: ARTICLES ON SAN FRANCISCO BAY, NORTH COAST AND CENTRAL VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11e2-Zlkze2_gd_tH3VXd53TrVIn0GTUn

SIERRA CLUB'S REDWOOD NEEDLES NEWSLETTER 1996-2004:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1chpzfourTObR7fxZXzVyiLTbnZUk9kWv

SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE 1991-2018
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dJPdEkdGgxJr0nUxIPM39Y04BCT474IT

TREES FOUNDATION NEWSLETTERS 1998-2007:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13fAZxH2vuQSZ3kQ5LmpEYAFcTIEHsZi6

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INFORMATION CENTER, 1995-2006:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rMe7wcXzCmJA3lZUaz6Xdjmcfin24eh0