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Mountains trust receives $500,000 grant

September 24, 2012 08:49AM
The Mountains Restoration Trust is helping connect part of Calabasas' Cold Creek High Trail using a $500,000 award from the 2011 Competitive Natural Land for Trails Grant Program.

The money will help the nonprofit buy the three remaining parcels needed to bridge the gap in the trail.
The trust preserves, protects and enhances the natural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains through land acquisition and conservation easements and has been working on the Cold Creek High project since 1984. The preservation and restoration of the 17.4-mile trail has been an objective that has come "in bits and pieces," according to Jo Kitz, the trust's associate director.

"There are still segments that are missing from it," Kitz said. "Eventually, people would be able to take a 17-mile walk from north of the freeway on National Park Service land and join the Backbone Trail in Malibu Creek State Park. It's a very important link."

Debbie Bruschaber, executive director of the trust, said the plan protects a core area of the Santa Monica Mountains between Topanga State Park and Malibu Creek State Park. The land goes from the top of the ridge line of Saddle Peak Road to Mulholland Highway, and Stunt Road cuts through the middle of it.

"It's a real beautiful piece of property. It's the critical connector between the two major state park-protected areas for wildlife corridors. Plus, Cold Creek has a perennial stream of cool water that comes out of the mountains. That means it flows year-round. It's some of the most pristine waters in the Santa Monica Mountains," Bruschaber said.

Kitz said they know the wildlife corridor is used because mountain lions have been seen.

"They're happy to have more than just the Backbone Trail for a route," Kitz said.

The trust is launching a campaign to raise the last $100,000 needed to complete the entire project, Bruschaber said. The nonprofit is holding a Cold Creek High Trail-a-thon. Money raised from the campaign will be used for restoration, construction of bridges and trail signs, and trail maintenance.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/23/mountains-trust-receives-500000-grant-to-help/#ixzz27OyBg3ZQ
- vcstar.com
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