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Supervisors approve acquisition near Vasquez Rocks Natural Area

Posted: May 20, 2014 1:39 p.m.
Updated: May 20, 2014 1:39 p.m.

In this Signal file photo girls ride horesback at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area in Agua Dulce. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to purchase property near the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, a popular hiking, equestrian and filming location in Agua Dulce.

Tuesday’s vote authorizes purchase of approximately 32 acres of land adjacent to Vasquez Rocks, according to the board agenda item.

“The acquisition of the property will expand the northern boundary of Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, and preserve open space for public nature education,” the agenda item reads.

The total project cost is estimated at $702,000. The county Department of Parks and Recreation also “anticipates one-time costs of approximately $65,000 for security and perimeter fencing, signage, and maintenance equipment; and ongoing costs of approximately $10,000 for maintenance and supplies,” the agenda item reads.

The property includes “two blue line streams, two pristine canyons, riparian habitat and a wildlife corridor for several species — including mountain lions, mule deer and bobcats,” according to a news release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s office.  

The existing Vasquez Rocks Natural Area is approximately 932 acres and is well known for its jagged rock formations, which have long been a popular filming attraction.

The area is also a popular hiking and equestrian destination.

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is located at 10700 West Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce.
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