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County of Santa Clara to Expand Mt. Madonna County Park

Purchase of Triple Buck Ranch to add 490 Acres and link Little Arthur Property
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.Today, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution consummating the purchase of the 490-acre Della Maggiora property, also known as the Triple Buck Ranch, located on Redwood Retreat Road in Gilroy. The purchase will enable the County to expand the current Mt. Madonna County Park and the trail system in the park.
 
The Della Maggiora property is located on the northern boundary of and bordered on three sides by Mt. Madonna County Park. The property, a blend of steep, chaparral-covered cliffs, grassland, oak woodland and redwood forest, contains over one half mile of Little Arthur Creek which flows through the property and provides habitat for wildlife, including steelhead.
 
“The acquisition of the property is a logical expansion of Mt. Madonna County Park, and provides our residents with additional recreational opportunities,” said Supervisor Mike Wasserman, District 1, and Chair of the County’s Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation.
  
The acquisition will enable County Parks to expand a portion of Mt. Madonna County Park to Redwood Retreat Road, and link the park to the County-owned “island” known as the 16-acre Little Arthur property which is currently separated from Mt. Madonna County Park by the Della Maggiora property. The plan for the expansion also includes a future trail linkage from the Little Arthur property to Mt. Madonna County Park.
 
The County of Santa Clara has been working with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) on the purchase of the 490-acre property through a two-phased property transfer. In November 2012, POST acquired 260 acres and the County agreed to manage the property until the County could acquire the remaining 230 acres from POST. The County’s final purchase of the property from POST and Della Maggiora property trustee costs approximately $4,000,000. This land acquisition is funded through a partnership with the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) through Resources Legacy funding ($525,000), the County Park Charter Land Acquisition Fund ($2,700,000), and the California Coastal Conservancy ($750,000).
 
“Acquiring the Della Maggiora property by leveraging Park Charter Funds with other resources enables us to make greater headway in our goal to have an interconnected network of parks in rural, suburban and urban areas,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese, District 3.  “This logical expansion of Mt. Madonna County Park will provide residents with a seamless experience of Little Arthur Creek and the surrounding habitat.”
 
A Phase I Environmental Assessment was completed in 2012.  The purchase of Della Maggiora property is contingent upon the completion of an update of the Environmental Assessment, which is expected by the end of September 2013.
 
For more information about the named organizations, go to: California Coastal Conservancy: http://scc.ca.gov/; Living Landscape Initiative: http://www.livinglandscapeinitiative.org/; and POST: http://www.openspacetrust.org/.
 
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