On Friday, November 12, the City of Santa Clarita held a dedication ceremony for the recently purchased Elsmere Canyon property. This Week In Santa Clarita has the story.
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The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., those planning on attending are asked to arrive at 11 a.m. as all guests will need to be shuttled in a four-wheel drive vehicle to the event/view site. Attendees are asked to please RSVP for the event by calling 661-255-4321 so adequete preperation can be made for on-site shuttles.
Directions: From Newhall Avenue in Santa Clarita, drive west (right) on Sierra Highway past Eternal Valley, and go 1/2 mile west of Newhall Avenue. Look for balloons and the yellow gated entrance on the left side of the street.
Last week the City closed a chapter on one of it’s most dramatic story lines. Elsmere Canyon, once the target of a mega-landfill, closed escrow and now rests in public ownership. The 842 acre Elsmere Canyon is located in the Newhall Pass and is adjacent to the Angeles National Forest, and the protected lands in Whitney and Placerita Canyons. Elsmere Canyon is an area of significant importance as it provides connectivity to existing wildlife corridors and increases the City’s greenbelt of protected open space.
The City was able to leverage Open Space District funds by partnering with Los Angeles County through a Proposition A Grant, and funds dedicated by Supervisor Michael Antonovich and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC). The total purchase price was $6,000,000. The City’s Open Space District funds committed $3,850,000; The County of Los Angeles, $1,750,000 and SMMC provided $500,000.
Elsmere Canyon is located on the Rim of the Valley corridor, a popular spot for local hikers, equestrians and nature enthusiasts. In the 1990’s, local community advocates, with the support of United States Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Howard McKeon, fought to keep this pristine canyon from becoming the largest landfill in the U.S.
One of the 200 bills signed late Sunday night by the Governor was AB 110, authored by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and supported by the City of Santa Clarita to add Elsmere Canyon back into the Rim of the Valley corridor. The bill is part of Santa Clarita’s decades-long effort to protect and preserve Elsmere Canyon, which is partially in the Angeles National Forest near the terminus of Newhall Avenue and SR 14.
The Parks and Open Space: Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor, calls for a revision of the boundaries by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy of the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor, in the vicinity of Placerita Canyon and SR 14, including Whitney Canyon, to include these areas and their watersheds.
The Santa Clarita City Council approved the bill as a sponsor on January 27, 2009. AB 110 repeals language placed into state law in 1999 that prohibits Elsmere Canyon from being included within the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy’s Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor because at that time Elsmere Canyon was under active consideration as a landfill site.
City Manager Ken Pulskamp and Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin hiked through Elsmere Canyon this week with a GPS in search of La Puerta, an ancient Indian sign post in the form of a rock formation. Did they find it? They believe they did!