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Agency to buy land for wildlife corridor

first_imgA conservation agency will buy dozens of parcels of land in northern Los Angeles County where owners have failed to pay property taxes. The acreage is wilderness, mainly in the mountains surrounding the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys and will be preserved as open space, said Paul Edelman, deputy director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, in charge of natural resources and planning. “There are a lot of parcels in that region,” Edelman said. “We’re trying to buy up land between Route 14 and Soledad Canyon Road to connect the two portions of the Angeles.” The gem is a wildlife corridor beneath the Antelope Valley Freeway (14) that will provide a path for mountain lions, badgers, bears, deer and smaller mammals to traverse the region between the two segments of the Angeles National Forest, Edelman said. The conservation authority is a public entity established in 1985. It works in partnership with the state conservancy to preserve and manage wilderness in the Los Angeles area, including parkland, open space, watershed land, trails and wildlife habitats. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Other parcels lie near Castaic Creek; near Ritter Ranch, a 7,200-home development in western Palmdale; and between Pearblossom and the national forest boundary. About half the parcels border the Angeles or other federal property. “It’s good open space and with tax defaulted land you get it at such a great price,” he said. Edelman said the deals are expected to close in late February. He was hesitant to talk about particulars before the sales are final. The county Board of Supervisors approved a deal last week that allows the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the conservancy’s acquisition and operations arm, to buy 24 parcels of various sizes for some $760,000. The bulk of the properties is in the North County – primarily in the San Gabriel and Sierra Pelona ranges, according to the county assessor’s office. The prices cover taxes owed – some since 1990 – as well as fines and administrative costs. last_img read more

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