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Grant funds allotted for projects at Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Posted: July 13, 2013 6:26 p.m.
Updated: July 13, 2013 6:26 p.m.

This Signal file photo shows Ranger Frank and Cricket, an American Kestrel falcon, standing outside the facility at the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

 

New exhibits, habitat restoration and a new trail to cater those who are visually impaired are the projects on tap for the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and Natural Area, pending a vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to approve $1,465,000 to install new exhibits at the center, according to the posted board agenda.

If approved, the project would be funded largely through state sources, with additional money from the Fifth Supervisorial District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley and is represented by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Along with the potential funding for new exhibits more than $570,000 in grant funding has been allotted to the center for additional improvements, according to a county news release.

Some of that will fund restoration efforts will include creating a buffer zone to keep trail users from negatively impacting the surrounding habitat, as well as removing non-native plant species and replacing them with native ones.

The grant funds will also be used to construct a “Golden Braille Trail,” which will enable those who are visually impaired or blind to learn about the area.

The proposed trail would be around 1/8 mile long and will include installation of Braille signage, audio elements, curb guides so those who are visually impaired can navigate the path and planting of fragrant and brightly colored native plants.

“Once completed, these initiatives will further establish Placerita Canyon Natural Area’s standing as one of the region’s most beautiful and accessible natural destinations for generations to come,” said Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Director Russ Guiney in a news release.

The grant funds come from the California Habitat Conservation Fund and Antonovich’s office.

 

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