for the State's restoration website, http://www.ballonarestoration.org/, and for other Ballona Wetlands updates, http://www.saveallofballona.org/
11-2002 LOS ANGELES – California State Parks and the Baldwin Hills Conservancy today announced the expansion of Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area with the acquisition of the first in a series of parcels along the Stocker Corridor in the Baldwin Hills. The preservation of the 38-acre open space corridor is part of the ongoing effort to expand Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area into a two-square mile natural park, open space and recreation oasis in the heart of southwest Los Angeles. This new acquisition will ultimately provide a critical link between the Crenshaw Community and the existing Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Proposition 12 funds have been earmarked for the Stocker Corridor project via legislation by Sen. Kevin Murray and supported by Speaker Herb Wesson and the Davis Administration. The Stocker Corridor is a mile-long series of parcels that has remained as natural open space through the efforts of community members. The purchase of this first parcel along the corridor for $675,000 has been the culmination of community, local and state agency efforts to preserve the corridor and retain the natural characteristics of the Baldwin Hills area. 6-2002 http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/061802notice.pdfMap of stocker corridor http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/061802map.pdf
--http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/121203.pdf 12-2003-California State Parks announced today that it has acquired its first park property which directly fronts along the Los Angeles River at Taylor Yard near downtown Los Angeles. The 17.8-acre parcel G that has been a part of the Union Pacific Taylor Yard properties runs for about a half-mile along the river just east of the Highway 2 Glendale Freeway bridge over the Los Angeles River. It is one of the few remaining natural habitat zones left along the river and is seen as essential for the long-term restoration of the Los Angeles River. State Parks has reached an agreement with Union Pacific to purchase the17.808-acres for $10,472,000.00 and with Public Works Board approval today, escrow on the property is expected to close next week. The acquisition funding comes from Proposition 12. In December 2001, State Parks purchased the 40-acre Taylor Yard property known as parcel D along San Fernando Road. However, it is separated from the river by the Metrolink rail line. It was likewise purchased with Proposition 12 bond funding. It is now being developed jointly by California State Parks and the City of Los Angeles as a seamless park that includes both natural and recreational areas. The 17.8 acre parcel is just upstream and State Parks intends to develop it as a natural riverfront area and connect it to Taylor Yard, thereby connecting the Taylor Yard property to the Los Angeles River parkland corridor. Many believe parcels D and G are the linchpin properties for moving ahead and acquiring more of the riverfront by State Parks and other agencies to eventually create a Los Angeles River Parkway. State Parks also owns the Cornfield property, located downstream of Taylor Yard. It does not directly touch the river, but has links for bike paths and trails to the river, thereby making it one of the connecting properties to Taylor Yard and another major part of the future Los Angeles River Parkway. The northernmost 17.8-acre parcel is contiguous to the 6-mile stretch of soft-bottomed channel of the Los Angeles River known as the “Glendale Narrows”. This is one the few remaining natural habitat zones where one can get a glimpse of what the Los Angeles River may have looked like prior to channelization. Parks comm.. minutes 8-22-03–an agreement has been reached to form a partnership with the City of Los Angeles in which the state would lease about half of the 40-acre Taylor Yard site to the City of Los Angeles, which would then construct sports fields at the city’s expense. State Parks would develop the other half of the site as a “traditional” state park, which would retain the link to the parcel that is immediately adjacent to the Los Angeles River. The objective being to have a park that seamlessly transitions from active recreation to more passive recreation to a riparian environment. State Parks hopes that this will eventually lead to the “greening” of the Los Angeles River in this area.
http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/110101a.pdf 11-2001-Taylor yard parcels map: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/110101amap.pdf For more on the original plan to purchase up to 127 acres of land locally referred to as Taylor Yard
Cornfields http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/nr061401.pdf 6-2001-Cornfields map http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/nr061401b.pdf Photos: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/nr061401d.pdf The 32-acre parcel is within an abandoned Union Pacific R.R. railyard located between North Broadway and North Spring streets as they run between the Chinatown area and the Los Angeles River. The L.A.- Pasadena Blue Line light rail right-of-way forms the parcel’s western and northern boundaries, with an intermodal station under construction one block south of the property in Chinatown. In March of this year, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit land protection organization, stepped in and negotiated an option to buy the property from Union Pacific Railroad Company via the current option holder, Majestic Realty Company. An appropriation of $40,000,000, most of which will come from the Proposition 12 Parks Bond Act of 2000, is expected to be approved by the Governor when he signs the budget this summer. TPL will then transfer the property to State Parks.
Agua Dulce-Acton public-owned parcels potentially suitable for wind energy projects http://mrca.ca.gov/pdf/attachment1031_Map.pdf
29-acre conservation easement donation adjacent to Liberty Canyon, Agoura Hills.
1.5 acres in Woodland Hills
total of 825 acres at Corral Canyon in Malibu, by CC and WCB:
Ramirez canyon—23.5 acres http://mrca.ca.gov/pdf/attachment810_Map.pdf MRCA 9-20-07
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The dark green area in the map on the left shows a 296-acre oil field that may be acquired soon by the Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority. Not much info is available except that the Authority discussed the sale at its June 28, 2007 meeting. The sagebrush covered parcel would extend the State park so that the public would have hiking trails with views of both downtown L.A. and the Pacific Ocean. For more information, see http://smmc.ca.gov/BHRCA.html or http://www.bhc.ca.gov/
the last two miles are under "construction" by the National Parks Service. When I last hiked it in April 2007, only the portion near Mulholland Highway was not finished, as minor stream crossings and drainage pipes under the trail were not installed. Also, watch out for the two guard dogs at Lucky Ranch, just to the east, as the fence does not keep them inside.
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March 2007: Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) owns approximately 1200 acres of
vacant land in Elsmere Canyon and has offered to donate the northerly 400 acres
to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. This property connects the thousands of acres of parks in the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains with the Angeles National Forest and parks in the east half of L.A. County! This pinch point is just north of Sylmar and Granada Hills and south of Santa Clarita.
The Elsmere parcel is in the center of the map below, immediately east of the 14 freeway icon. The green shaded land is public parkland. The red shaded parcels are from a year 2000 map of proposed purchases by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. (click on maps to enlarge)
THE ORIGINAL "OLMSTED VISION" FOR LOS ANGELES FROM 1930:
The MRCA is a local partnership between the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which is a state agency established by the Legislature, and the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District both of which are local park agencies established by the vote of the people in those communities.
Working to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains and the Simi Hills
http://www.ladyface.com, working to preserve Ladyface Mountain and the Medea Creek Valley in and adjaent to the City of Agoura Hills
Fighting a proposed bed and breakfast inn next to Malibu Creek State Park
owns and manages more than 1,200 acres in the Cold Creek watershed of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Trust's most significant holdings are the Cold Creek Canyon Preserve (1000+ acres) and the Cold Creek Valley Preserve (67 acres), located on the north slope of Saddle Peak.
protects the property and the quality of life of residents of the Santa Monica Mountains and other hillside areas of Los Angeles
Preserved the public’s right to hike on the Kenter and Mount St. Mary’s trails from Brentwood to Mulholland Drive
works to protect and enhance the quality of life in Mandeville Canyon and the beauty of the open space surrounding the canyon
Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council, dedicated to establishing and maintaining the public trail system throughout the Santa Monica Mountains
SIMI HILLS/SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:
SAVE CHATSWORTH, INC. is a coalition of homeowners and local non-profit organizations, dedicated to saving Chatsworth from excessive, irresponsible development. Save Chatsworth, Inc. was founded in July of 2002, with the mission “to ensure that all future development remains consistent with the existing rural character and heritage of Chatsworth.”
Below is a close-up of the Linkage needed between the two halves of the Angeles National Forest
The County has approved projects which would effectively double the population of the valley in the next decade, and looming on the horizon is the largest single development proposal in Los Angeles County history: The Newhall Ranch Project.
City of Santa Clarita open space preservation district
Land sits at the environmental crossroads of the State. The coalition is working to save 245,000 acres — a swath of land bigger than Chicago and Philadelphia combined-- out of Central California’s 270,000 acre Tejon Ranch. The Tehachapi Connection is perhaps our most important linkage in that it is the sole wildland connection between two major mountain systems--the Sierra Nevada and the Sierra Madre and the Coast Ranges.
Dedicated to preventing the Cemex/Southdown/Transit Mixed mine from opening in the Santa Clarita Valley
Friends of the Verdugos, www.verdugos.org/canyonhills
Working to preserve open spaces in the Verdugo Mountains and San Rafael Hills
The primary purpose of the Altadena Foothills Conservancy (AFC) is the preservation of land in Altadena, California, focusing on the natural foothills that provide a buffer between developed residential neighborhoods and the rugged San Gabriel Mountains.
San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy, http://www.sgmrc.org/
Glendora Community Conservancy, http://www.glendoraconservancy.org/
To preserve hillsides in Arcadia, Sierra Madre and Monrovia
CENTRAL L.A. COUNTY GROUPS:
Friends of the L.A. River, http://www.folar.org/ founded in 1986 to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship.
The River Project organized the Coalition for a State Park at Taylor Yard and led the successful fight to establish the first state park on the Los Angeles River. We have undertaken a comprehensive study of the Tujunga Wash subwatershed, and are actively engaged in the design and development of several river greenway parks in the San Fernando Valley.
works for full disclosure of health and safety issues of toxic oil field contamination in the Ballona Wetlands region
State agency that acquires open space and manages public lands within the Baldwin Hills area to provide recreation, restoration and protection of wildlife habitat
Urban Wildlands Group, http://www.urbanwildlands.org/, dedicated to the conservation of species, habitats, and ecological processes in urban and urbanizing areas.
Proposed Pacific Avenue Creek in San Pedro Business district
Where the San Gabriel River meets the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach, with 776 acres remaining available for restoration, the Los Cerritos Wetlands' one-of-a-kind coastal ecosystem struggles to remain the vital link in protecting some of Southern California's most precious and diverse resources.
Catalina Island Conservancy, http://www.catalinaconservancy.org/
In 1972, members of the Wrigley and Offield family established the Catalina Island Conservancy as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Catalina Island. On February 15, 1975, the final step was taken to ensure the protection of the majority of the Island when Mr. and Mrs. Philip K. Wrigley and Mrs. Dorothy Wrigley Offield, through the Santa Catalina Island Company, deeded 42,135 acres of the Island to the Conservancy. With this gift, the conservation and preservation of most of Catalina's interior and 48 miles of its coastline were given permanent status in perpetuity under sole stewardship by the Conservancy. Prior to this, in 1974, they entered into a 50-year open space agreement with Los Angeles County, guaranteeing public recreational and educational use of 41,000 acres of Santa Catalina Island, consistent with good land conservation practices.