Don Henley of The Eagles & Preservation Groups Buy 17-Acre Mountain Ridge In SoCal’s Laurel Canyon To Protect Wildlife

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Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) and Laurel Canyon Association, announced yesterday that they had successfully completed the purchase of a 17-acre mountain ridge in Los Angeles’ historic Laurel Canyon to be used for open space and a wildlife habitat,

The coveted more than a million-dollar property located between Lookout Mountain Avenue and Stanley Hills Drive in the Hollywood Hills was secured following a two-year “Let’s Buy a Mountain” non-profit donation campaign.

Legendary rocker Don Henley of The Eagles was among those who contributed to the campaign after he made a $100,000.00 donation in memory of Glenn Frey, his close friend, collaborator, and fellow former Laurel Canyon resident.

“I greatly appreciate your efforts to preserve the rare undeveloped lands that remain in the Laurel Canyon area,” said Henley. “These resources are precious, both in terms of wildlife habitat, and in terms of the human history that resides there.”

The David Schwartz Foundation also generously donated the final $300,000.00 necessary to close the sale.

The land will be turned over to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) for land management and permanent preservation.

“As a result of our collaborative fundraising efforts, this very large piece of LA’s greenbelt will be protected forever from the threat of development,” stated Tony Tucci, Chair of CLAW. “Our parks and hillside open spaces are the lungs of our city and this mountain ridge is critical habitat for a variety of species including deer, coyote, bobcats, pumas, owls and red-tailed hawks. This land will be maintained as open space where the preservation of natural vegetation and wildlife come first.”

The Board of the Laurel Canyon Association expressed its appreciation in a statement which also recognized government officials including LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl who gave $100,000.00 Proposition A grant to the project, as well as support from City Councilmembers David Ryu and Paul Koretz.

A community dedication of the preserve will take place in early 2018 with details to follow.

Donations to Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, a non-profit corporation which advocates for the protection of wildlife in Los Angeles, educates citizens about its fundamental importance and promotes the establishment of wildlife habitats and wildlife corridors in L.A. County and beyond, can be made HERE!

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