Agoura Horse Property - Custom & Equestrian Real Estate by Nona Green

 
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

CONTACT: Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, National Wildlife Federation (209) 620-6271
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION AND PARTNERS REACH
MAJOR MILESTONE IN LANDMARK WILDLIFE CROSSING PROJECT

May 3, 2018 - Los Angeles—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced last
week that the Project Report and the Environmental Document have been completed for the wildlife
crossing at Liberty Canyon over U.S. Highway 101, marking a major milestone for the initiative. The
project now moves into final design and engineering (the “blueprints” phase) and is slated to begin
construction in late 2020.
The planned wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon is a public/private partnership between Caltrans, the
National Park Service (NPS), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the Santa Monica Mountains
Conservancy, the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Mountains
Recreation and Conservation Authority, the California State Coastal Conservancy and The Santa Monica
Mountains Fund.
The project responds to more than two decades of NPS research on the conservation needs of LA’s
mountain lions and ecosystems and advances long-standing local efforts to establish habitat
connectivity for wildlife across U.S. Highway 101. “The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority applaud Caltrans’ work in completing this
environmental review, a critical phase in making a safe passage for wildlife across the 101 and delivering
on our 30 plus years of work to preserve habitat linkages,” said Rorie Skei, Chief Deputy Director of
the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
The public support for this wildlife crossing, which will potentially be the largest of its type in the world,
the first of its kind in California, and which will serve as a visionary model for urban wildlife
conservation, has proven unprecedented. A total of 8,859 comments were received in response to the
draft Environmental Document, with only 15 opposed. Comments in favor came from a diverse group of
constituents, including a letter from the eight previous mayors of the City of Agoura Hills, Los Angeles
County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the California Turtle and Tortoise Club, actress Carolyn Hennesy (of
Cougar Town fame), and the Monrovia High School Environmental Club.
A collaboration by experts, public agencies, conservation organizations and community partners, along
with public input, proved key to achieving this significant milestone. Ongoing active support and
participation from the early stages of the project came from elected officials such as California State
Senator Fran Pavley, (retired) and California Assemblymember Richard Bloom, along with the newly
elected California State Senator Henry Stern. “A project this unique and of such considerable size and
scope always has a wide diversity of opinions and ideas—this process has helped create the best
possible solution for area wildlife that also meets the needs of the local community,” said Senator Fran
Pavley. “We thank everybody who participated in the public process, which ultimately made this project
stronger.”

This milestone was also completed as a result of funding from NWF’s #SaveLACougars fundraising
campaign, which also enjoys widespread support with donations from across the country and the globe.
“Our sincerest thanks to the more than 1,500 people and organizations who have contributed to the
#SaveLACougars campaign to date, such as the California State Coastal Conservancy, Annenberg
Foundation and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which helped fund this integral environmental
document,” said Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife
Federation, who leads the #SaveLACougars campaign. “When we started this campaign a few years ago,
the crossing was just an idea and had no funding attached to the project. With the generous donations
of our supporters, we have raised over $3.7 million, have achieved every fundraising target to date and
know this trend will continue as we work to achieve our goal of $10 million by the end of this year to
keep Caltrans on schedule.”
#SaveLACougars is primarily seeking private philanthropic dollars, although public dollars earmarked for
conservation have been, and will continue to be, sought. The campaign is not seeking to divert state
transportation or other taxpayer funds from needs such as schools, hospitals, bridges, or road repairs.
In addition, a separate and recently released report published in March of 2018 summarizes the
recommendations from some of the world’s foremost experts on wildlife connectivity and crossing
structures and combines them with landscape characteristics and wildlife data to prioritize locations for
wildlife crossings. The experts’ findings noted that the site at Liberty Canyon provided the best location
in that region for improving connectivity and an overpass structure the best solution for serving the
broadest range of species.
Research by the National Park Service has shown that mountain lions could face extinction in the Santa
Monica Mountains within 50 years because of a fragmented landscape. "Twenty years of research
shows that the biggest conservation challenge facing the Santa Monica Mountains is isolation by roads
and development," said David Szymanski, Superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National
Recreation Area. "This forward-looking project will help to end the isolation and reconnect natural
habitat on both sides of the highway."
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For more information or to donate to the project visit www.savelacougars.org
For the recently released Environmental Document visit Caltrans’ project site at
http://www.dot.ca.gov/d7/projects/libertycanyon/
About The National Wildlife Federation
One of the oldest and largest conservation groups in the country, the National Wildlife Federation with
its over six million supporters nationwide is a strong voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife
and habitat, as well as inspiring young people today to become conservation-minded adults. Visit
www.nwf.org for more information.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
The CEQA Hearing re Cornerstone went very well today.
Update: March 13th 2018 Cornerstone lawsuit court report.
GIVE ROUND 1 to STACK & CNPS! Round 2 set for May 22.
A very promising day in court today for STACK supporters and CNPS. Our legal team did a brilliant job arguing the facts of the case in front of Judge Strobel who clearly agreed with us on two of the three important topics of today's hearing, Tribal and Natural Resources (a big deal) and Attorney General Notification (legal wrangling); today’s third issue, water quality / hydrology, was a draw in our opinion.
May 22 will continue with native species, air quality and more.
No formal ruling was issued today. A formal ruling from the court will be issued after May 22nd.
Today’s outcome validates that a community can come together and make a difference.
For those of you seeking more details, Judge Strobel’s preliminary ruling (for today) is available here.
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Los Angeles/Ventura County Fires December 7, 2017

I don't generally go out of my way to speak with my neighbor. We are from different sides of the track: She with her leafblower, me with my aversion to the ruckus. Yet, the fires have me concerned about our horses - she who does not have a trailer may need a hand given that half of Los Angeles County is on fire.
"I'm worried about the fires," I say as I ride by on my horse.
"Me too," she replies.
"I've hooked up my trailer in case WE need to evacuate," I reassure her as I klippity-klop along.
A common sense of responsibility breaks the ice.

It is no coincidence that the areas of LA and Ventura counties plagued by the most out-of-control wildfires are all equestrian zoned. Where horses are kept, drought-stricken fire fuel is found. And horse people are helping each other in selfless ways.

Just as the most massive fire, nearly 100,000 acres as I write, was burning Santa Paula and Ojai, and another fire was raging in the Shadow Hills, Sunland area, my Equestrian Trials International Corral #36 was convening for their annual Holiday Party at Saddle Peak Lodge in Monte Nido. Some of the would-be revelers were noticeably absent.
"Dan is transporting horses from the fire zone", "Julian is putting out hot-spots in Kagel Canyon". "Victoria is at Pierce College volunteering to help horse burn victims."
Was I the only one at the party feeling guilty that I wasn't out there hauling horses from the fire zones?

I have "liked" many Facebook pages devoted to the equestrian lifestyle. I am "friends" with enough horse owners to be our own country. I see post after post after post of people offering to take-in evacuated horses; folks are opening their hearts and homes to virtual strangers that have in common the concern for an animal's well-being. Donations are pouring in to the various sites hoping to help victims with relocation and medical expenses - many of them say they exclusively help the displaced and injured horses.

The tragedy of the fires hit the equestrian community the hardest. The support amongst the herd of horse owners towards each other is humanity at it's finest.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Who is harvesting your grapes or citrus or avocados? Besides yourself, who is cleaning your horse stalls? Many horse or farm property owners say that good help is hard to find.

Recent changes to immigration policy were promised to create jobs for American workers based on a belief that those entering the country illegally or legally were saturating the job market. According to PEW Research Center, there are not enough workers to fill these jobs. The pay is low, the work grueling. In the agriculture business, immigrants make up the majority of hirees.

The proponents of Senate Bill 54 say it is needed for humanitarian reasons. SB 54 has the support of law enforcement who say it maintains trust and the level of crime reporting. It would expand so-called sanctuary city policies, prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies, including school police and security departments, from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes. This bill is hoped to result in fewer deportations and keep families together. At the time of this writing, the Bill passed the Senate and is under review by the Appropriations Committee of the State Legislature.

Some say the bill falls short of protecting migrant workers. What is missing from the bill are protections to ensure that they are not overworked and underpaid, that they receive breaks and days off, and that they are provided safe and sanitary work conditions. Existing labor laws may fill that purpose, yet undocumented workers are vulnerable to exploitation.

What are an employer's responsibilities when hiring a housekeeper or a horse groom, for example? They must ask a prospective worker for their Form I-9. An employer may be subject to fines or jail time if they do not verify an employee's employment authorization and withhold unemployment and disability taxes from wages. If a prospective worker has a temporary visa, the employer can sponsor that person for "green card" or lawful permanent residence in the US. Meanwhile, if ICE comes knocking on your door, you can decline to provide information about your employees. Without a warrant signed by a Federal or State court, an ICE agent is not authorized to come onto your property.

Contributor for this article: Vanessa Frank, Immigration Attorney
City of Ventura 805 641-9300

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Preparation is key. Buyers want to know whether they can build what they want on a lot BEFORE spending time and money.
For them to feel secure that they are not throwing away their cash, they want the information needed to get the answers ahead of time.

1) Have property surveyed and corners staked.
2) Have ready a preliminary title report with easements plotted.
3) Have a zoning letter (a letter from city or county) confirming zoning - have a copy of the zoning ordinance.
4) If sewer and utilities are available - know their location. If no sewer is available, have land tested for septic system in advance.

It should go without saying that the lot should be priced correctly. If no comparable sales are available, then improved properties should be used, subtracting the cost of development to arrive at the residual value of the land. For more information, please contact Nona@agourahorseproperty.com, 818 426-2292

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

The National and State Park system that operates in the Santa Monica Mountians contains miles of trials for the riding and hiking. If you have an opportunity to take a trail ride before you buy, you will be certain that you are making the right move for yourself and her horses.

Nona Green of www.AgouraHorseProperty.com routinely offers pre-purchase trails rides to her clients. Explains Green, "I have a customer who once purchased a property based on a real estate salesperson telling them that they could ride from the property onto trails. After they moved in, they discovered that there weren't any trails. I want people to know first hand what they can expect."

Green will either meet her clients with their horses at the respective trailhead, or she will let her customer borrow one of hers.

The trails system is extensive, yet a buyer may want to know if access requires crossing a busy street, or if the particular park allows dogs. They may want to be close to trails that are less frequented by bikers, or trails that are flat versus hilly. Even though horse property inventory is slim, it may be good to know the terrain before you buy.

Green also offers POST-purchase rides to help a homeowner get familiar with the trails after they move in.

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