August 30, 2014

MRT Receives $500,000 Grant for Cold Creek High Trail

 

Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) has received a major grant to purchase 17.4 acres that will help complete The Cold Creek High Trail in Cold Creek Preserve. The acreage extends for 1.63-miles between Stunt Road and Cold Canyon Road in the Santa Monica Mountains, connecting the Cold Creek Trail, Stunt High Trail and the Backbone Trail.

The $500,000 grant was awarded by the 2011 Competitive Natural Land for Trails Grant Program, funded through Proposition A, a park and open-space measure championed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The grant will be used to help acquire 17.4 key acres located within Cold Creek Preserve, which will be added to the 1678-acre preserve managed by Mountains Restoration Trust.

“This generous grant allows us to buy private land that will now become public and protect a significant wildlife and watershed area. We hope to continue the Cold Creek High Trail through the land enabling the public to enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of the Santa Monica Mountains,” said Executive Director Debbie Bruschaber.

With the grant funds MRT will be able to protect one of the range’s wild and pristine year-round streams that support a diversity of wildlife—a riparian corridor that contains several unique species within Cold Creek Preserve. The ability to extend the Cold Creek High Trail works toward the goal of permanently linking the east-west wildlife corridor of Topanga State Park with Malibu Creek State Park.

To complete the Cold Creek High Trail, which includes restoring part of an existing trail destroyed by heavy rains and erosion, MRT needs to raise an additional $100,000. The nonprofit is reaching out to the public for help with a Cold Creek High Trail-a-thon. Money raised from the campaign will be used to perform critically needed restoration, build bridges and trail signs, and provide maintenance of the Cold Creek High Trail.

“Completing this portion of the Preserve has been a long term goal of MRT,” said Jo Kitz, associate director for MRT. “This project fulfills protecting a very special region and making it available for public enjoyment.”

Online donations to the Cold Creek High Trail-a-thon can be made at www.mountainstrust.org. 

MRT is located at Headwaters Corner at Calabasas, 3815 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Calabasas, 91302. Phone (818) 591-1701. For more information, contact Debbie Bruschaber at Mountains Restoration Trust, (818) 591-1701 ext 205.