Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) Receives 226-acre Donation of Prime Wildlife Linkage Near Interstate 5 West of #CastaicLake
The now permanently protected parkland is a major viewshed between the mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley enjoyed by motorists on a two-mile stretch of both the north and southbound sides of the freeway
MRCA announced today that it had taken title to a significant #donation
of 226 acres of prime #openspace
in north #LosAngelesCounty
near Castaic Lake in the scenic canyon that separates the south and north-bound lanes of #Interstate5
(I-5) as the freeway descends into the #SantaClarita
Valley. The property is part of a habitat linkage that allows wildlife to move under I-5 between the #LosPadres
Forests. The donation is one of the largest in the history of the MRCA. “Interstate 5 creates an over 30-mile-long wildlife movement barrier across the mountains between the Santa Clarita Valley and the beginning of the #Grapevine
,” said Paul Edelman, MRCA Chief of Natural Resources and Planning. “The donation land is vital for animals to safely cross that I-5 barrier because it leads into existing wildlife under-crossings. This will also set the stage for conservation of additional land to the north.”
The donor, Neil Nadler, had owned the property for over twenty years and had developed plans for a business park and #motocross
tracks on most of the land. However, biologists told him he needed to leave ample space for the #wildlifecorridor
to the north. Officially, the property is part of the Sierra Madre-Castaic Connection identified in the 2005 South Coast Missing Linkages Project. Known as #MarpleCanyon
, the property supports a mix of riparian vegetation types along a windy creek bed. The slopes support grassland and coastal sage scrub. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife designates the property as part of an area with High Conservation Value.
"I am pleased and honored to be able to conserve this important portion of the Sierra Madre-Castaic wildlife linkage,” said Nadler.
Full press release at mrca.ca.gov #preserved #LAMountains