By CC 10-25-2001--The Conservancy approved acquisition of the Manchester Property on San Elijo Lagoon using $1.5 million of previously authorized Conservancy funds.
1020 acres by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for $1 million in the La Posta area
The California Department of Parks and Recreation to purchase two properties in east San Diego County as additions to the State Park System. The 2,117- acre Tulloch/Cuyamaca Ranch, currently owned by The Nature Conservancy, would be an addition to Anza-Borrego Desert & Cuyamaca Rancho State Parks. The 842-acre Mason Valley Ranch, currently optioned by the Anza-Borrego Foundation from the private landowner, would be an addition to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Both properties would provide protection of significant wildlife habitat/corridors and cultural resources.
http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/0101306freemanpropertyescrowcloses.pdf 10-2006--escrow has closed on the Freeman Property and that State Parks is now the official owner of the property, also known as Truckhaven and Desert Cahuilla. The Freeman property is located west of the Salton Sea, bordering both Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreational Area. The Freeman property consists of approximately 4,000 acres
3500 acres in Wildwood Canyon by SP 10-1-2001: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/2001%20Wildwood%20Canyon%20Hearing.pdfSTATE PARKS SETS HEARING ON WILDWOOD CANYON PURCHASE NEAR YUCAIPA – The California Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 9, to solicit comments on the proposed acquisition of up to 3,500 acres of mostly undeveloped land in the Wildwood Canyon area of San Bernardino County.
1147 acres bought by SP in San Timoteo Canyon
coachella-joshua hills wcb 2003-05.JPG, exp 24-25, 950 acres and 64 acres fee
santa rosa mts wcb 2010-11.jpg, Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, 947 acres fee
http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/nr070201.pdf and parks comm.. minutes 10-25-2000 7-2001-- State officials and local supporters Tuesday will announce the purchase of a key piece of property linking Chino Hills State Park with the 649-acre Coal Canyon property that became part of the state park system last year. The latest acquisition will preserve one of the last remaining viable wildlife corridors in all of Southern California. It is probably the most significant acquisition that the department has completed in the last ten years and it represents one of the most expensive acquisitions for the department. This acquisition is also unique in that it is the first time the department has purchased an expensive piece of property in an urban area, primarily to link existing preserved areas in order to preserve the biological diversity of Chino Hills State Park and a number of other park areas in the Puente/Whittier Hills area. The department would not be acquiring this property were it not for its value in linking the surrounding large masses of habitat in order to preserve the species diversity within this large urban area. The Coal Canyon property was purchased from the St. Claire Company. The parcel comprises 650 acres and the acquisition cost was $40 million. The per acre cost was driven up by the fact that the Coal Canyon property had received approval from the city of Anaheim for the development of 1,500 housing units. This acquisition is significant not only because of its close proximity to urban areas, but also because this particular area of the state has been identified by conservation biologists as one of the eighteen “hot spots” in the world where biodiversity is most threatened. Furthermore, a blue ribbon panel of conservation biologists put together by the department was queried and they described the Coal Canyon acquisition property as being of global significance, that would result, if not acquired to preserve this corridor, into substantial species extinction. Chief Rayburn explained that the department had three studies completed prior to making this acquisition. The first study was the assembling of a blue-ribbon panel referred to above. The department asked the blue-ribbon panel to (1) determine if the freeway underpass could function as a viable corridor, and (2) to verify the assertion that there would be substantial species losses in Chino Hills State Park and other areas located to the north if the area was fragmented and the corridor was not preserved. The blue-ribbon panel confirmed that the underpass was a viable corridor and that significant species losses would occur without the corridor. The second study conducted by the department examined if the Coal Canyon area was the only place in which the linkage between these two large landscape masses could occur, and that was confirmed. The third study looked at the public’s investment in open space and natural resources north of the 91 Freeway. Between city, county, and state agencies, $150 million has been invested in open space, with more to come. This assisted the department in approving this acquisition because it was felt that spending $40 million to protect the biological diversity of a $150 million investment made sense.
2323 acres donated by National Audubon Society to feds adjacent to Kiavah, Domeland, and Sacatar Trail Wilderness Areas
135 acre conservation easement in Mono Basin-Simis Ranch—ESLT, on DeChambeau creek
1/18/2008:An 80-acre parcel in the eastern Sierras is open for public access following a donation to the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office. The parcel is located in the Granite Mountain Wilderness Study Area, east of Mono Lake. The Wilderness Land Trust recently acquired the land from a willing seller and donated it to the BLM to be managed as public lands.
working to maintain and restore connections between wildlands in the South Coast Ecoregion through an effort called the South Coast Missing Linkages Project.
(Please click on "vision" maps to enlarge)
By saving the 8,700 acre “Missing Middle” we will link 4,000 acres of preserved open space in Whittier with 13,000 acres in Chino Hills State Park east of Brea.
The Hillside Open Space Education Coalition (HOSEC) was established to find ways to preserve strategic parcels of hillside open space from the threat of development and is composed of the Cities of Brea, La Habra, La Habra Heights and Whittier, and the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association and Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council
510-acre West Coyote Hills is currently owned by Chevron, which is proposing adding a 760-unit housing project for an area that has already seen the rapid growth of several thousand new homes in the last few years.
Completion and expansion of the County's Master Plan of Regional Riding and Hiking Trails, including hiking, biking and equestrian trails, and other goals, and has mapped a vision of preservation for the entire county: http://www.fhbp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=51
works to save 412 acres of wetlands and adjacent bluffs with a beautiful panoramic view that stretches from the Huntington Beach Pier to the Newport Beach Harbor with the Palos Verdes peninsula and Catalina in the distance.
creating a several thousand acre park on the site of the former El Toro Marina Corps base
coalition joined together to stop the developers of the Montage Resort & Spa, The Athens Group, from proposed development of our dwindling open space areas that include the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
We are a coalition organized to Save San Onofre State Beach from the proposed Foothill Toll Road. Its founding members include the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Endangered Habitats League, Laguna Greenbelt, Surfrider Foundation, Audubon California, and the California State Parks Foundation.
defending San Onofre State Beach from plans for a tollroad/freeway servicing a 14,000 home development
fighting tunnels for tollroads and a reservoir in the Santa Ana Mountains wilderness
working to protect and preserve the rural canyon areas (Trabuco, Modjeska, Silverado) in southeastern Orange County and its gateways to the Saddleback Mountains and the Cleveland National Forest
to preserve and protect our rural lifestyle and the pristine nature of our beloved Silverado and Trabuco canyons
to protect and preserve over 230 acres in the South Laguna area from the proposed development of a 15 home subdivision
protecting Indian village and burial sites throughout Orange county
to acquire, restore and preserve the entire 1700 acres of the mesa, lowlands and wetlands of the Bolsa Chica. Since its founding in 1992, the State has acquired over 3/4ths of the land????
advocates for the restoration and preservation of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands through public outreach, participation, education and leadership.
http://www.coastkeeper.org/ Orange County Coastkeeper, founded in 1999, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the marine habitats and watersheds of Orange County through programs of education, restoration, enforcement and advocacy
list of natural parks in the county
Since 1997, Trails4All has helped our strategic partners and public agencies organize more than 14,500 volunteers to work on more than 475 countywide trail work, cleanup and restoration projects
provides financial support for the parks and preserves within the regional, 17,000-acre coastal canyon system
founded in 1967 to promote the preservation of Orange County, California open space for the benefit of the general public, and to inform and educate the public about local natural history. We have established several self-guiding nature trails, and our trained volunteer naturalists offer a regular schedule of guided tours in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust was established by Donald Bren, Chairman of The Irvine Company in 2005. The California non-profit, non-advocacy organization was created to help bring to life a far-reaching vision to better protect, restore and enhance the natural resources of the 50,000-acre Irvine Ranch Land Reserve, while providing new and diverse opportunities for public enjoyment of the land.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
1000 acres between the cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas of San Diego County, extending inland to Rancho Santa Fe; one of few remaining coastal wetlands of San Diego County and home to an exceptional number of animals and plants.
preserve and restore the biological integrity and beauty of the San Diego River
Jamul Trails Council, http://www.jamultrailscouncil.org/
dedicated to providing education about horseback riding, mountain biking and equestrian trials, preserving existing trails and establishing new trails on public land or by voluntary dedications.
http://www.escondidocreek.org/ dedicated to the preservation and protection of the natural open space within the Escondido Creek watershed
Fallbrook Community Conservancy, www.sdlcc.org/flc/
dedicated to preserving and enhancing the rural lifestyle and natural beauty of Fallbrook, has acquired more than 600 acres of protected open space. The open space includes five nature preserves and a landmark mountain.
Anza-Borrego Foundation, http://www.theabf.org/
supports and augments the education, interpretation, and research within the 650,000 acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the other five parks that together comprise the Colorado Desert District. These parks include Salton Sea Recreation Area, Picacho State Recreation Area, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Indio Hills Palms and Palomar Mountain State Park.
Back Country Land Trust, El Cajon, http://www.bclt.org/
Working to protect San Diego’s rural heritage from Viejas Mountain to the Potrero valley
Habitat Preservation & Wildlife Corridor Protection including "The Ramona Grasslands Project" which is working to preserve 8,000 acres of endangered California Grasslands.
San Diego Conservation Resources Network, http://www.sdcrn.org/
To support the network of citizen resource conservancies involved in the preservation and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of the San Diego Region and to promote public understanding of conservation issues.
dedicated to the preservation, enhancement, and protection of Batiquitos Lagoon. This coastal wetland is north of San Diego between the cities of Carlsbad and Encinitas. Batiquitos Lagoon is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands on the southern California coast.
The Earth Discovery Institute is an educational program and facility being created at Crestridge Ecological Reserve for East County students of all ages.
The San Diego Archaeological Center is dedicated to the care, management and use ('curation') of archaeological artifacts. The Center museum is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 4:00PM, and Saturday 10:00AM to 2:00PM.
map of the proposed park http://sdrc.ca.gov/docs/strategic_plan/06_concept_plan.pdf
The vision of the San Diego River Park is a greenbelt from the mountains to the ocean along the 52 mile long San Diego River. This greenbelt is really a trail system and a clean and healthy river system which connects a diversity of parks, open spaces, public places and community facilities spread out along the length of the River.
non-profit organization helping to implement the vision of the San Dieguito River Park and its Coast-to-Crest trail. The San Dieguito River Park stretches over 55 miles from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the ocean between Del Mar and Solana Beach.
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, website for planning documents: http://www.fws.gov/sandiegorefuges/new/ccp2/ccp2.htm
Since 1988, the Volcan Mountain Preserve Foundation, in cooperation with private organizations, public governmental agencies and principal landowners on the mountain, has been able to preserve over 4,000 acres in public ownership stretching from Lake Henshaw to the Anza Borrego Desert.
as passed by the U.S. Congress November 1994 and signed by President Bill CLinton
For details of the Desert Protection Act, click here: http://boxer.senate.gov/~feinstein/desert_protection_act_5th_anniv.html
Sierra Club California/Nevada Desert Committee
http://desertreport.org/ Desert Report is a 24-page newsletter of vital news about the California and Nevada deserts published 3 times a year.
West Mojave Plan: A Habitat Conservation Plan and
California Desert Conservation Area Plan AmendmentThis plan was created to allow development of private property and ensure preservation of replacement wildlife habitat
provides stewardship for nearly 900 acres of homestead land within the East Mojave Desert. As a land trust, the MDH&CA is preserving the historical, archaeological, paleontological, scenic, recreational and economic values of Mojave Desert land and resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. Based in the town of Goffs located on the south boundary of the Mojave National Preserve.
a non-profit biocentric grassroots coalition of environmental organizations & American Indians dedicated to defending & conserving Native Plants, Native Animals & Native Sacred Lands.
Western Riverside County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan:
Map Legend: green shading shows existing public-owned land preserves; orange shading shows Indian reservations; blue squares are private lands that are slated to become preserved connector linkages for the rest of the preserved lands
Section 3.1.9 Conceptual Reserve Design/Criteria-Based Plan: At the December 19, 2000 meeting of the County Board of Supervisors, policy direction was given to proceed with preparation of a criteria-based plan for Alternative 1, which would conserve approximately 500,000 acres in the Plan Area. The criteria-based approach anticipates Conservation within the existing Public/Quasi-Public Lands comprising approximately 347,000 acres and development of Criteria to describe additional Conservation on private lands of approximately 153,000 acres.
Coachella Valley Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan
(click on map to enlarge)http://www.cvmshcp.org
The CVMSHCP aims to conserve over 240,000 acres of open space and protect 27 plant and
animal species. Approximately 25% of the land proposed for conservation (60,000 acres) has already been acquired. Some amount of development is permitted on conservation properties. In addition, over 74% of the land the Plan proposed for inclusion in the conservation areas would be unaffected because it has already been set aside for protection. The CVMSHCP will be funded through a combination of development impact fees, open space trust
funds, and funding from some permittees for infrastructure projects. Currently there is about $50 million available for land acquisition and CVAG will be able to leverage an additional $50 million in partner agency dollars for acquisitions in the early years of Plan implementation.
The Plan Area encompasses approximately 1.2 million acres. Of this, approximately 69,000 acres are Indian Reservation Lands, which are not included in the Plan, leaving a total of approximately 1.1 million acres addressed by the Plan. Of the 1.1 million acres, the plan proposes to preserve 745,900 acres. Of this preserved land, 557,100 acres is already public or private owned preserves. Another 166,380 acres would be preserved under the plan. Also, 22,420 acres within conservation zones could be developed in a manner compatible with the plan.
lost to Development during the 75 year term of the Permits. This figure reflects all the vacant,
private land outside the Conservation Areas plus the maximum Development that could occur in the Conservation Areas. In actuality, the acreage is expected to be substantially less for several reasons. One, since 1994, the rate of Development in the Plan Area has averaged approximately 1,370 acres per year. Projected over the 75-year term of the Permits, this would result in approximately 102,750 acres being Developed. Two, much of the vacant land both within and outside of Conservation Areas is severely constrained due to restrictions on
Development on slopes, lack of access, and flood plain designations. Three, acquisition and
conservation through other means may exceed the minimum acreage objective in the
Conservation Areas. This would reduce the level of Take that occurs in the Conservation Areas.
Feds propose sale of 274 acres in Coachella Valley. Bids are due June 18, 2007 http://www.blm.gov/publish/content/ca/en/fo/cdd/CoachellaValleyLandSale.html
Riverside County, Eagle Mountain Landfill, http://www.ccaej.org/projects/desert_protection/action_map.html
A Campaign to Return 29,775 Acres of Land in the Eagle Mountain Range to Joshua Tree National Park and Designate the Defunct Kaiser Mine and Townsite a National Historic Landmark, instead of becoming a trash dump for Los Angeles County.
Crafton Conservancy, http://www.craftonconservancy.homestead.com/
Since 1992, CHOSC has preserved more than two thirds of the 4500 acres through acquisition and cooperative management with San Bernardino County, Crafton Hills College, and the Cities of Redlands and Yucaipa.
The Habitat Trust, http://www.thehabitattrust.org/
Manages over 300 acres of moutain habitat near Rancho Cucamonga; connected to the Spirit of the Sage Council, which files litigation to protect endangered wildlife and their habitats
Riverside Land Conservancy, http://www.riversidelandconservancy.org/
Has facilitated preservation of thousands of acres in Riverside County, also in Kern, San Diego and L.A’s Santa Monica Mountains. http://www.riversidelandconservancy.org/projects.htm
The Historic Preservation Program has projects to protect historic buildings, historic districts, and the historic downtown. The Land Trust Program works to place open lands in conservation, develop a networking trail system, and create an environmental education program for Redlands’ residents and visitors.
Founded in 2001, the ESLT is the first and only land trust based in Inyo, Mono, and Alpine counties; has preserved 955 acres with conservation easements that remove development rights from land but keep it in private ownership
Mono Lake Committee, http://www.monolake.org/
Located in California's spectacular Eastern Sierra, Mono Lake is an oasis in the dry Great Basin and a vital habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds. For 25 years the Mono Lake Committee has been working to protect Mono Lake from destruction, to heal the damage done in the Mono Basin, and to educate the public about the natural environment and wise water use.
Friends of the Inyo, http://www.friendsoftheinyo.org/
Working to Protect and Preserve the Public Lands of the Eastern Sierra
Owens Valley Committee, http://www.ovcweb.org/
dedicated to the protection, restoration and sustainable management of water and land resources affecting the Owens Valley
Save Round Valley Alliance Advocates for Smart Growth, http://www.srva.net/, grassroots organization, working to protect and enhance the quality of life in Inyo and Mono counties
Today, Alpine County maintains its distinction as the least populated County (around 1200) in California. And, with 96% of its land in public ownership, opportunities for growth are few.
Friends of Hope Valley, Alpine County, http://www.hopevalleyca.com/
dedicated to the preservation and protection of Hope Valley's wild and pristine beauty. Hope Valley is located on Highway 88 in Alpine County of the California Sierra Nevada Mountains