Santa Monica News
New Land Acquired In Santa Monica
By Sami Mello
Mar 25, 2013 - 9:13:13 AM

SANTA MONICAThe Santa Monica Mountains are more than just a vast spread of rolling hills, they are a historical and cultural gem.

Last week, the city’s Board of Supervisors approved a deal that will preserve more than 600 acres of the mountainous territory and designate it for public use.  

Santa Monica Mountains. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
According to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the acquisition of the land will safeguard it from commercial development and other human activity. About 525 acres at the southern base of Lady Face Mountain in Agoura Hills and 86 acres of the Escondido Canyon near Malibu will be protected.

The newly acquired land stretches over a mile in length and is visible from Kanan Dume Road near Agoura Road. The heavily wooded land in Escondido Canyon is only two miles from the beach and features a creek as well as a pond lined with picnic tables and terraces.

Officials believe acquiring the land will create new opportunities for those interested in using the mountain for various activities. The Pentachaeta Trail in Westlake Village will now connect to Triunfo Canyon and allow passage into the epicenter of the Santa Monica Mountains.

The land was purchased from its private owner for $8.3 million. To fund the purchase, the county will use money generated from Prop A, a state park expansion measure introduced in the 90s. The land will be made available to the public once the deal is finalized.

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