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Friday, June 12, 2020

SMMC-MRCA 2/24 to 6/3/2020

Conservation  Deals in the L.A. Mountains


SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

CALABASAS WEST OF VIEWPOINT SCHOOL: comment letter to the City of Calabasas on a proposed residential subdivision on approximately 13 acres located at the south corner of Mulholland Hwy and Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road, apn 2072-001-003, City of Calabasas, Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 2/24/2020

MALIBU: acceptance from the County of Los Angeles a transfer of approximately 3.4 acres, APNs 4473-020-900, 901, 902, 903 at El Sol Beach, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/4/2020

MALIBU: scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 5–91-436 (BMIF/BSLF Rancho Malibu), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 5/6/2020

TOPANGA: donation of approximately 32 acres (APNs 4434-009-011 and 4434-009-012) in the Santa Maria Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/6/2020

EAST OF 405: 2020 updates to 2017 Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Eastern Santa Monica Mountains Habitat Linkage Planning Map. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 2/24/2020

EAST OF 405: acceptance of conservation easements, approximately 1.10 acres in total, over portions of APNs 5551-006-036 and 037 (7875 and 7927 Granito Drive) in the lower Nichols Canyon-Laurel Canyon watershed divide, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 3/4/2020

0.2 acres--acquisition of APN 2386-030-028 in the Dixie Canyon watershed using mitigation funds and acceptance of long-term maintenance fund, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment]

1.35 acres NEXT TO GRIFFITH PARK: authorizing: (a) the acquisition of APNs 5580-020-012 and 013 located at 2630 and 2700 Canyon Drive, Griffith Park adjacent and (b) the acceptance of private donations and public funds, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/1/2020
reimbursement to Friends of Griffith Park for funds advanced to escrow for MRCA to acquire APNs 5580-020-012 and 013 adjacent to Griffith Park as such funds are provided by the City of Los Angeles to the MRCA post-acquisition closing. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/6/2020

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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

WEST OF CASTAIC LAKE: amicus brief on Center for Biological Diversity and Endangered Habitats League v. County of Los Angeles, NorthLake project, unincorporated Castaic area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Attachment 7] [Attachment 8] [Map 1] SMMC 6/1/2020

SANTA CLARITA: comment letter to the City of Santa Clarita on Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Bouquet Canyon Residential Development and Bouquet Canyon Road Realignment project, sch No. 2018121009, City of Santa Clarita. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] [Map 2] SMMC 6/1/2020

west of Castaic: authorizing: (a) acceptance of conservation easements on APNs 3247-024-001 through 009, 3247-026-041, and 3247-027-012 approximately 512 acres; (b) entering into an agreement with Preservation Strategies. Inc. (PSI) to receive proceeds from PSI’s sale of mitigation credits on said parcels, Santa Clara River watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/1/2020

north of Castaic: license agreements with private parties to construct, maintain, and monitor native toad ponds on APNs 3244-014-908 and -909, 3247-017-900 through -912, and 3247-018-903 with fees paid to MRCA for land use and legal expenses, Marple Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/6/2020

east of Castaic: acceptance of either fee title or conservation easements over all or portions of APNs 3244-030-003, 3244-160-026, and 3244-160-062 through 3244-160-067 (approximately 59 acres) from BLC Tesoro LLC; (b) entering into conservation and long term land stewardship agreements, and (c) acceptance of funding to achieve these objectives, San Francisquito Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 5/6/2020

Soledad canyon: acceptance of approximately 18.17 acres from the Trust for Public Land (APN 3209-008-006) and granting any deed restrictions or conservation easements as necessary, upper Santa Clara River watershed, Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/6/2020


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LA RIVER

CREEK PARKS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: adopting the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Revitalization Plan, as recommended by the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 6/1/2020

Taylor Yard Paseo del Rio G2 Project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 6/1/2020
Taylor Yard Paseo del Rio G2 and Bowtie Project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 6/1/2020

LAUREL CANYON TO WHITSETT: Los Angeles River Greenway-Habitat Restoration Project, Studio City. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 6/1/2020

22.4 acres--authorizing (a) acceptance of a conservation easement over APN 2552-001-008, and (b) acceptance of annual easement monitoring funds and initial project set up fee, from Natural Resources Group, Big Tujunga Wash area, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 4/1/2020

project planning and design of Arroyo Seco trails, City of Pasadena. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Attachment 2] SMMC 6/1/2020

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grant of Proposition 68 funds to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District for phase 3 of the Arroyo Simi Trail and greenway, City of Simi Valley. [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 6/1/2020

resolution adopting FY 20/21 MRCA Workprogram. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]

WCB 5/2020

CA WILDLIFE BOARD PURCHASES IN MAY 2020:


East Contra Costa County, Bloching, 3 acres for $105,000

Robins Nest II, 22 acres for $635,000, plus $100,000 from the SF Valley Audubon Society, in LA County

Rancho Royale, in Riverside County desert, 481 acres, $565,000 from the WCB and $1.75 million from USFWS, and $565,000 from the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy

Santa Ana to Palomar Mountains freeway bridge, $378,000, in Riverside County

Frog Lake, near Lake Tahoe (Nevada County), 201 acres for $1.3 million

Hunewill Ranch, 4100 acres conservation easement in Mono County, $1.2 million from WCB, $3.7 million from the NRCS and $5000 from the CA Deer assoc,

Santa Cruz mts/Coyote Ridge Expansion 1, 1526 acres in Santa Clara County for $1.5 million from WCB, $1.8 mil from USFWS, $600,000 from the Moore Foundation, and $456,000 from the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Authority

Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage/Sobrato South, 235 acres in Santa Clara County, for $10 mil from WCB, $5 million from the State Coastal Conservancy, and $1 mil from Peninsula Open Space Trust

Smithneck Creek wildlife area, Exp 1/Mello, in Sierra County, 976 acres for $880,000 from WCB
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SCC 5/2020

Recent Coastal Conservancy Deals--MAY 2020


LAGUNA BEACH--HOBO ALISO RIDGE, 75 acres in south Orange County to be sold by developer

REDWOOD COAST--113 ACRE MILL BEND, SCC to spend $1.3 million to buy, located in both Sonoma and Mendocino counties. (was once part of Gualala Redwoods Corp)

LIBERTY CANYON BRIDGE in LA County, engineering plans

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

SMMC-MRCA 11/2019 to 2/5/2020

Busy Buying At LA Mountains

SANTA CLARITA, SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS, ANTELOPE VALLEY:

comment letter to Los Angeles County regarding the 37 single family residential lot Canyon View Estates Project, Pico Canyon, Santa Clarita Valley. [Comment Letter] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 1/27/2020

donation of approximately 2.5 acres, APN 3236-003-003, Fairmont Butte area of Antelope Valley, unincorporated Los Angeles County [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2019

Hidden Creeks Estates acquisition project, Santa Susana Mountains, unincorporated County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 11/6/2019

donation of approximately 75 contiguous acres, APNs 055-0-140-071 (72.61 acres, Ventura County) and 3272-019-015 (2.14 acres, Los Angeles County), San Martinez Grande Canyon area of unincorporated Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 11/6/2019

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LA RIVER:

grant of Proposition 1 funds to The River Project for project planning and design for a Feasibility Study for the Restoration of the Los Angeles River in Sepulveda Basin Project, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 1/27/2020

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TOPANGA

½ acre donation:
donation of approximately 0.5 contiguous acres, APNs 2072-031-009 and 2072-031-010, Old Topanga Canyon area of unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]
MRCA 1/8/2020

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LA CITY PORTION OF SM MOUNTAINS:

acceptance of conservation easement, approximately 0.6 acres, over portions of APN 4382-002-008 (3000 Benedict Canyon Drive) in Benedict Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/8/2020

acceptance of donated conservation easements on APNs 4380-003-009 and 010 in Beverly Glen Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] MRCA 2/5/2020

acceptance of a revocable open space easement, or similar instrument, from the City of Los Angeles over all or parts of APNs 4416-007-902, 903, 904, 905 in the Paseo Miramar area, Pacific Palisades. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 12/4/2019

acceptance of conservation easement, approximately 0.10 acres, over portions of APN 2386-001-001 (13441 Mulholland Drive) in the Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor, Dixie Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2019

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VENTURA COUNTY:

(a) authorizing amending the allowed uses in an approximately 5,791-square-foot portion of a conservation easement in exchange for greater than 40,000-square-feet of new conservation easement area on APN 521-0-031-140, and (b) accepting payment for expenses, University Village, City of Thousand Oaks. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/8/2020

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ALTADENA:

grant to Outward Bound Adventures for construction of Sunset Ridge Connector Trail, Unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 2/5/2020

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CHINO HILLS:

1) entering into a Subgrant Agreement with the California Wildlife Conservation Board for the acquisition of fee interest number SG-1907SS, and 2) entering into a Grant Agreement with the California Wildlife Conservation Board for the acquisition of fee interest number WC-1969SS; approximately 320 acres (APNs 1033-151-27 and 1033-171-14) adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, City of Chino Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 2/5/2020 special; Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 12/4/2019



WCB 2/2020

9000 Acres To Be Saved This Month by CA Wildlife Board

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD: February 26, 2020
10:00 a.m. Natural Resources Building, First Floor Auditorium 
1416 9th  Street Sacramento, CA 95814

MAPS: https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=179015&inline

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

HUMBOLDT: CAL FIRE Humboldt County Community Forest McKay Tract $0
Expansion 1
To consider the acceptance of a conservation easement over 197± acres by CAL FIRE near Eureka in Humboldt County. WCB 2/2020

HUMBOLDT: CAL FIRE Ryan Creek Conservation Easement $0, Humboldt County
conservation easement over 5,967± acres by CAL FIRE near Eureka in Humboldt County. WCB 2/2020




BUTTE COUNTY: North Table Mountain, Expansion 3 (Donation) $0
donation of 24± acres near Chico in Butte County. WCB 2/2020

SIERRA COUNTY:
Sierra Valley Conservation Area, Expansion 5, $360,500
Sierra County
grant to the Feather River Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to acquire a conservation easement over 632± acres near Loyalton in Sierra County. WCB 2/2020

Daugherty Hill Wildlife Area, Expansion 16, $75,000
Yuba County
acquisition in fee of 22± acres of land by CDFW near Browns Valley in Yuba County . WCB 2/2020

PLACER COUNTY:
Laursen Outback Preserve, Expansion 1, $683,000
Placer County
grant to Placer Land Trust to acquire in fee 185± acres near Auburn in Placer County. WCB 2/2020

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

RIVERSIDE: Western Riverside MSHCP (2017) - Anderson/19 acres $119,000, Rahmati (Parcel 1: 20 acres) $66,500, Rahmati (Parcel 2: 24 acres) $70,000
Riverside County
grant to the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (WRCRCA) and the acceptance of a USFWS Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grant to acquire 63± acres in the unincorporated Tenaja area of Riverside County. WCB 2/2020

SAN DIEGO: Luchia $779,156
San Diego County
grant to the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) and the acceptance of a USFWS Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grant to acquire in fee 39± acres near Carlsbad in San Diego County. WCB 2/2020

CHINO HILLS: (Eastbridge) $1,024,000
San Bernardino County
grant to the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA) and the acceptance of a USFWS Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grant to acquire in fee 320± acres near Chino Hills in San Bernardino County. WCB 2/2020

SAN DIEGO: Montecito Ranch $6,331,310
San Diego County
subgrant federal funds to the Endangered Habitats Conservancy (EHC), and to consider a WCB grant to the EHC for a cooperative project with the United States of America, acting by and through the Department of Navy to acquire in fee 955± acres in the community of Ramona in San Diego County. WCB 2/2020

Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve, Expansion 9 (Sloan Oram) $1,746,000
San Diego County
To consider the acquisition in fee of 163± acres in the community of Dehesa, in San Diego County. WCB 2/2020

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CENTRAL CALIFORNIA:

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Toro Creek $1,750,000
San Luis Obispo County
To consider the allocation for a grant to the San Luis Obispo County Department of Parks and Recreation for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy to acquire 258± acres located between Morro Bay and Cayucos in San Luis Obispo. WCB 2/2020

KERN COUNTY: Hanning Flat $2,316,297
Kern County
To consider the allocation for a grant to the Trust for Public Land for a cooperative project with the California Natural Resources Agency’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, National Audubon Society, Sierra Nevada Conservancy, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation to acquire 3,804± acres near Weldon in Kern County. WCB 2/2020

SCC 12/2019 & 2/2020

Trail Sale, for Major Link in Santa Monica Mountains, funds by the Coastal Conservancy

MALIBU, AT CROSSING AT KANAN-DUME ROAD: disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to acquire the 23.71-acre Ramirez Canyon, Lauber Smith property for habitat conservation, open space, and COASTAL SLOPE TRAIL public access and recreation in the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County. SCC 12/19/2019
PRICE: Coastal Conservancy $1,000,000; Wildlife Conservation Board (proposed) $615,000; Los Angeles County $1,613,000. Project Total $3,228,000



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SANTA CRUZ: Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $2,500,000 to Save the Redwoods League to acquire the 554-acre Cascade Creek (Holmes) Property in northern Santa Cruz County. SCC 12/19/2019


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SAN MATEO: Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $301,000 to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to prepare preliminary planning documents for a seven-mile extension of the Purisima-to-the-Sea Trail on the San Mateo County coast. SCC 12/19/2019



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LONG BEACH: disburse up to $500,000 to the City of Long Beach to construct a water treatment facility and two acres of surrounding green space that will include a one-acre wetland and trails that connect two parks and provide an inland connection to the California Coastal Trail, in the Willmore neighborhood of Long Beach, SCC 2/6/2020