Let's Buy A Mountain - Partners
The Laurel Canyon Association (LCA) in partnership with the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW) and the Laurel Canyon Land Trust (LCLT) have entered into an agreement to purchase 17 acres of the mountain between Lookout Mountain Avenue and Stanley Hills Drive.
The Laurel Canyon Association
The Laurel Canyon Association is a 501(c)(4) residents association and the oldest neighborhood advocate responsible for many campaigns that have protected the canyon for nearly 50 years. Their work includes opposition to the cross-canyon freeway in the 60s, co-authorship of the Hillside Ordinance, instigation of the Retaining Wall Ordinance along with countless appearances before Neighborhood Council, The Hillside Federation, City Council, Public Works and Planning Review Hearings. Their website, the email exchange and their founding of the Residents Facebook page have knitted the community together and made us stronger year after year. LCA works in close coordination with Laurel Hills HOA, Wonderland Park HOA, Sunset Plaza HOA and Mt. Olympus HOA.
Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife
Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization. They are dedicated to preserving wildlife habitat and open space and educating citizens about the importance of protecting wildlife and their home ranges.
CLAW has generously agreed to accept donations on behalf of Let’s Buy A Mountain because it is already established as a 501(c)(3). On conclusion of fundraising, payment will be made to the land owners and title transferred to the MRCA.
The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority
The MRCA is dedicated to the preservation and management of local open space and parkland, watershed lands, trails, and wildlife habitat. The MRCA manages and provides ranger services for almost 72,000 acres of public lands and parks that it owns and that are owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy or other agencies and provides comprehensive education and interpretation programs for the public.The MRCA works in cooperation with the Conservancy and other local government partners to acquire parkland, participate in vital planning processes, and complete major park improvement projects.
The Laurel Canyon Land Trust
The Laurel Canyon Land Trust (“LCLT”) was established by Jamie Hall as the legal entity to hold the conservation easement. This “conservation easement” is a separate property right that we will retain even after the land is transferred to the MRCA that will allow us the ability to prevent development of the property forever. The LCLT will have a board of directors (to be determined), whose sole job will be to enforce the conservation easement. In the future, the LCLT may play a larger role in spearheading land acquisitions. Because CLAW has already obtained its tax-exempt status, they are spearheading the collection of donations to fund the purchase of the property.