What exactly is a Wildlife Corridor? It’s land that connects core habitats. Animals need a habitat to thrive. “Mountain Lions, for example, need 50-100 square miles of habitat.” That’s why there are so few of them around. “A Bobcat needs 1/4 square mile and a Coyote family needs several square miles. Even that’s not enough for long term sustainability. Animals need to find a mate. To maintain a viable breeding population with sufficient genetic diversity, animals must be able to range beyond their normal habitat.” The corridors are also places of safety from danger, such as fires. The deer from the
MRCA has been funded by a 20 year property assessment of $19 per year per household. Now Measure HH on the November Ballot seeks a 10 year $24 per year commitment from the voters to continue its work. The agency does not get ongoing local or state funding. It has an active Citizen Advisory Board which demands that all the funds pledged under this Proposition HH will be used locally. MRCA always buys property at fair market value lest you think they steal it from developers.
Another recent victory by the MRCA involved joining with local activists once again and this time taking on Mohamed Hadid, a developer, who had erected fencing to exclude hikers from an easement which had been used since the 1920s along the upper Hastain Trail in
MRCA is also participating in the effort to save the Studio City Golf & Tennis from the development of 220 privately owned senior condos. This project calls for a regional park that cleanses storm water. This green project will also recharge underground aquifers to increase water supply and lessen flooding. The park itself will create an animal habitat and green space for humans to walk, bike and picnic. The design preserves some existing mature tree canopy, mostly along
Is $24 a year too much to spend on these types of projects? You decide by voting on Measure HH which is toward the end of your ballot. You can only vote for HH if you live inside the mapped area. [see accompanying photo]
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