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Agua Dulce wildlife corridor could get boost

County supervisors set to discuss grant funds for planned purchase of land near Vasquez Rocks

Posted: July 28, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2014 2:00 a.m.

County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to make around $280,000 in funding available for the purchase of land to be used as a wildlife corridor in the Agua Dulce area.

The item, on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, would allocate up to $280,000 to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, according to the board agenda.

The Conservancy would then assign the right to apply for that money to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to buy up to five parcels of land, totaling around 74 acres, in Agua Dulce.

The land is question is located in the vicinity of Highway 14 and Agua Dulce Canyon Road, near the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area.

The total estimated cost of acquiring the land is around $717,000, according to information on the board agenda, but the county is not alone in pledging dollars.

Adding to the county’s contribution will be around $175,000 in California Proposition 12 funds, $205,000 through the Santa Clarita Watershed Recreation and Conservation Authority and another $57,000 of parks in-lieu fee funds, according to the board agenda.

If the land buy is approved, it would be the second recent land purchase approved by county supervisors near Vasquez Rocks.

In May, supervisors approved funding to purchase additional land to expand the northern boundary of the area — a popular hiking, filming and equestrian location in Agua Dulce.
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