December 9, 2016

Rancho Simi Acquires Alamos Canyon

Alamos Canyon (326 acres) has been transferred from Waste Management to Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.

Like the recently celebrated 71-acre Fran Pavley Meadow on our eastern city limit, this is another key acquisition toward a protected open space connector for hikers, bikers, equestrians and wildlife all the way from Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains to the Simi Hills and beyond.

Rancho Simi will construct a trailhead parking lot and a connecting trail from Oak Park County Park to Alamos Canyon Road/trail. This will allow trail users to cross the railroad tracks using the park’s official crossing station.

The transaction took about 2.5 years from the time that The Nature Conservancy initiated the process.The result is the preservation of very important habitat which also serves as a natural buffer between the communities of Simi Valley and Moorpark. Rancho Simi’s ownership of the property also ensures maintenance and park ranger staff protection of the property.

Our local region is again seeing the benefit of the voter approved bond funds expended last month for the 71 acre Chesebro Meadow in Agoura and this month for the acquisition of Alamos Canyon  in the Simi Valley area. There is yet another acquisition on Monday night's Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy agenda of 95 acres in dry creek in the Calabasas area.  Protected open space benefits wildlife, recreational uses, and helps to reduce sprawl and protect our air quality and our watersheds. The Wildlife Conservation Board and Natural Resources Agency, The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl were partners in most of these acquisitions.

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