NEWS FROM ZEV YAROSLAVSKY
Contact: Joel Bellman Date: 4/30/09
Telephone: (213) 974-3333 http://zev.lacounty.gov
– MEDIA ADVISORY – MEDIA ADVISORY –
WHO: SUPERVISOR ZEV YAROSLAVSKY; ANDREW K. BENTON, President, Pepperdine University; JOE EDMISTON, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy; EDMUNT J. PERT, Regional Manager, California Department of Fish and Game
WHAT: Will dedicate 72 acres of pristine Santa Monica Mountains habitat above Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, donated by Pepperdine University to the people of the state of California as wilderness area, to be managed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, protected by a conservation easement from the California Department of Fish and Game
WHERE: Little Las Flores Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains
Thomas Guide - p. 629, G-3 <Little Las Flores Canyon>
Attendees will meet at the north end of Topanga State Beach and take shuttles up to the site. Tuna Canyon Road, normally one-way southbound, will be closed from 10-11:30 in order to allow limited individual VIP reverse-flow traffic driving up to the site for the dedication. The media may meet in the parking lot and be directed up by a ranger, or drive up Tuna Canyon Road to Las Flores Heights Rd and turn left. Rangers will assist with parking.
WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2009
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Donated by Pepperdine as part of its long-range development plan, the ecologically rich Little Las Flores Canyon site adjoins the MRCA’s 1,255-acre Tuna Canyon Park. The new parkland is part of 18,000 acres of contiguous protected open space from Topanga State Park west to Las Flores Canyon. It features a deep canyon system formed by Little Las Flores Creek, massive sandstone outcrops with numerous ledges and pinnacles for roosting and nesting of owls, hawks, eagles, and ravens, and various reptiles. The terrain also includes coastal Southern California plant communities including sycamore riparian woodland, coastal sage scrub and native grasslands.