AGOURA HILLS, CA – Agoura Hills contributed to $ 28.5 million conservation efforts to rescue 325 acre property in the Santa Monica Mountains south of Agoura Hills, The Acorn reported.
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, now the owner of the property, recently completed the final part of the sale of the Triangle Ranch.
Agoura Hills participated in the project for the first time in 2018, said the new mayor Deborah Klein Lopez in her address to the city on Thursday. The effort spanned four phases as donors contributed to the gradual acquisition of the land, according to The Acorn.
The Triangle Ranch purchase included $ 8 million in government funding thanks to lobbying from Senator Henry Stern, who represents Malibu, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, and more, and Congregation member Richard Bloom, of the Malibu, Agoura Hills, portions of Calabasas and Santa. represents Monika and more.
Bloom said the ranch was in danger of being upgraded to private homes despite being a high risk fire area.
Lopez said the effort reaffirms Agoura Hills’ commitment to preserving open spaces and wildlife.
“Of course, protecting open spaces and habitats is of paramount importance to me and our residents as I grew up in Agoura Hills and grew up with these beautiful mountains around us,” said Lopez.
Agoura Hills is in the midst of another major wildlife protection initiative – the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which is being built over State Route 101 (Ventura Freeway) in Agoura Hills. The $ 87 million crossing will promote biodiversity in the Santa Monica Mountains and protect wildlife from automobile traffic.