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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Carbon Land Acquired to Add to Coastal Slope Trail

• MRCA and County Seek Completion

BY BILL KOENEKER


The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority announced last week the acquisition of land in the Carbon Canyon area that will be added to the Coastal Slope Trail.
The proposed Coastal Slope Trail alignment extends from Topanga State Park near Topanga State Beach to Leo Carrillo State Park, according to the MRCA.
The addition includes the acquisition of three full parcels and a trail and conservation easement through the fourth parcel. Two of the properties were donations from owners that the MRCA described as “supportive of creating the Coastal Slope Trail.”
The other two were purchased with Los Angeles County Prop A funds, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s Third District trails funds.
According to the MRCA, Joe Edmiston, the executive officer of the MRCA, said Yaroslavsky’s commitment to the development of the Coastal Slope Trail and the financial support that his office has provided has become the “key to the success of the program.”
As evidence of that commitment, the MRCA also announced that the state agency in conjunction with Yaroslavsky’s office is poised to acquire up to a half-dozen more properties along the trail in 2011.
The Coastal Slope Trail has been a part of the Los Angeles County Trails Master Plan since the early 1980s. However, not until 2007 did park agencies begin to refine the trail alignment and to acquire parcels and easements.
The mostly yet-to-be constructed trail alignment will offer unparalleled coastal views and multi-use recreational opportunities in reach of the ocean’s cool breezes.
The National Park Service developed the current proposed trail alignment. The MRCA has been working to acquire the individuals properties that make up the trail.
The Carbon Canyon segment of the trail is comprised of 21 individual parcels. The new acquisitions, the first public open space in Carbon Canyon, include key stepping stones to completing that segment, according to the MRCA.

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