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Updated: $675K Raised for Millard Canyon Purchase

The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy raised the $675,000 needed by Friday to purchase part of Millard Canyon it plans to preserve, thanks to many individual and group donations and grants, the group announced.

Less than a week and a half after the , the conservancy announced it met its goal in the nick of time on Friday, with $200 to spare.

"We've received a terrific amount of support for our efforts in Millard, financial and otherwsie," AFC executive director John Howell said in a statement Friday. "There are a lot of people who hold this canyon close to their heart. We're very grateful to all who made this possible and we're excited for what will come next."

In February the Conservancy announced it had reached an agreement with the land owner that would allow the Conservancy to purchase the property if its raised the necessary funds by the end of the year.

See a photo gallery of the Millard Canyon land to be purchased here.

The 13-acre area in Millard Canyon above Hahamongna Watershed Park was described in a biological survey done by the conservancy as a prime wildlife corridor and a good habitat for amphibians and other species, and the tree canopy is home to at least 80 bird species, the AFC said in a release Friday.

"The conservancy now plans to restore the land and work with local schools and community groups on educational and conservation-related projects," the AFC said in the release.

The parcel is west of the La Vina housing development and to the east of homes in The Meadows, another residential neighborhood.

Leaving the parcel undeveloped preserves a connection between open space north of JPL and the foothills north of Altadena.

"The California Department of Fish and Game had ranked the canyon as the top priority for preservation in the Altadena foothills for its 'importance to water supply, wildlife and native plants, scenic and recreation values, and for its value as a historic site,'" the AFC shared.

The came from:

  • State agencies: California Wildlife Conservation Boardand the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
  • 230 individuals and families (including the landowners)
  • Community groups:

Altadena Heritage
Arroyo Seco Foundation
Diggers Garden Club
Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates
Pasadena Audubon Society
Pasadena Beautiful Foundation
Pasadena Community Foundation
Pasadena Garden Club
Pasadena Group of the Sierra Club
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society

"Stay tuned for an announcement of the Millard Celebration!" the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy said in the email to its supporters.

ROBERT E. FISHBACK November 30, 2012 at 10:38 PM
As a longwinded ex from Glendale...wonderful news and congratulations... It was one great rescue and I suspect the word has gotten out to the little ones in their nests and dens....WE HAVE A NEW HOME. So happy for you and "Them"
James M November 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM
This is fantastic it is great to see local organizations getting involved. However still not breaking news, again!
Jessica Hamlin November 30, 2012 at 10:49 PM
It depends on what you define as breaking news, James. Major crime or natural disasters definitely come to mind, but since this fundraising effort has been going on at least since February and involves so many people, organizations, and local cities, I considered it a pretty important development. Thank you for the feedback!
Tag December 01, 2012 at 04:43 AM
In the past when I drove down from the Meadows, I always felt that what was going on in the canyon was part of development of our pristine forested lands. When the fires and storms damaged the area, I was frustrated at the destruction wrought by fire and rain on the canyon. But as nature always does it repairs itself and brings back its own beauty in the oaks and pines and flowers. Now we as a community, can take pride, that, we have come together to return this treasured land to the place once used by the Native Americans who respected it as a gift, for we now need to protect and respect this wonderful canyon for future generations to enjoy in it's natural state.
Michael December 01, 2012 at 10:27 PM
We need to stop all building of houses in the foothills and even above the Rose Bowl. people that want to enjoy the views, should hike up enjoy and come back another day like the rest of us who enjoy it. I don't enjoy looking up at the view of your Homes!
Ivan G December 01, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Not the most compelling argument for taking away development rights.
William Korn December 01, 2012 at 11:21 PM
With respect, Michael, you're making a good point badly. It's not really about your enjoyment, you know. The point of the Conservancy purchase has first and foremost to do with is the preservation of some of the natural environment around here for the benefit its natural residents. Ivan, as you do so often, you're making a bad point very well. The Conservancy isn't taking away anybody's development rights. It bought the land fair and square and will develop it how it chooses. Don't you like people being able to use their own property without interference?
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 02, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I wrote a squib on another blog site about the raping of the Verdugo Hills. Lots of scarring and many houses. I said if they had tried that in the 40's, they would have been skinned alive. Natural beauty cannot be replaced once deatroyed.
Ivan G December 02, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Well, Mr. Korn, that depends on whether I am responding to what the Conservancy is doing (I'm not) or to what Michael says he wants. It's fine to buy up land and keep it pristine, but to ban "all building of houses in the foothills and even the Rose Bowl" is quite another thing.
not Carl Peterson lll December 02, 2012 at 07:44 AM
I am for it as long as people are not banned from the area. Anyone with info on that? And does this mean I can drop off my excess cats up there now?
Revvell December 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
If I can drop off my excess dogs.

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