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Conservancy Reaches Rosemont Preserve Fundraising Goal

Community members pledged enough money in the past week to meet its fundraising goal to create the Rosemont Preserve, a 7.2-acre canyon chaparral coated in Oak trees and wildflowers.

Locals pledged enough money to help create the Rosemont Preserve, the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy announced. 

The 7.2-acre area of open space will bring trails and educational opportunities to La Crescenta residents and people throughout Los Angeles County and costs about $425,000. 

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich helped secure $350,000 in county funding to purchase the conservation land. The community helped donate the rest. 

On May 14, the group announced it needed $20,000 to secure the area as permanent open space in the Crescenta Valley, free from developers, according to the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy.

"Since then, community members have given or pledged a total of $42,000. The excess funds will help provide for the long-term stewardship of the land and will allow AFC to begin planning programs for the local community immediately. From the beginning of the drive the community has generously contributed a total of $97,500," said John Howell, Executive Director of the AFC. 

The AFC could close the sale in about a week and will host a celebration at the location, Howell said. Program planning for the community will begin after that. 

"We let the community know we needed help and we got it in spades. We're very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of conservationists in the Crescenta Valley, and delighted to have them as partners," Howell said. 

Here are some of the contributors to the project:

  • Henry Fliegel of La Crescenta: $12,000
  • Wells Fargo Foundation Grant: $10,000
  • Scarlett Hibner of La Canada Flintridge: $14,000
  • Desiree and Paul Rabinov of La Crescenta: $15,000
  • Crescenta Valley Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club: $5,000

The following residents and businesses have donated at least $500 to the project: 

  • Tracey Alsobrook
  • Desdy and Charles Baggott
  • Sharon and Scott Bateman
  • Tom Brady
  • Diana and Jeff Busta
  • John Campbell
  • Tony Chahine
  • Doug Farr
  • First Pacific Advisors
  • Jackie Genofile
  • Dino Gioia
  • Barbara and Roy Goto
  • Rona and Ian Harris
  • Judith and Frederick Hoeptner
  • Kevin Kroeker
  • Daniel Limonadi
  • Deborah and Bob Marlowe
  • Neil Mottinger
  • Nick and Mike of Keller Williams Realty
  • Barbara Nielsen and Bill Bell
  • Karen and Steve Pierce
  • Anthony Portantino
  • Pamela Rogers
  • Robert Ruby
  • Susie and Clarke Scherff
  • Allison and Lake Setzler
  • Gloria Surtees
  • Lyn and Quentin Swan
  • Mary and Michael Veselich
  • Linda and Bob Winters
  • Roobik Yaghoubi

Assembly Member Mike Gatto and Assembly Member Anthony Portantino helped secure the Wells Fargo grant, Howell said. Portantino is also an AFC advisor. 

chuck weiss May 31, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I'm so happy to hear that this property will be protected from the chance of further development and that it will soon become a protected open space in our community for generations to enjoy. Now we must ensure that we all have equal rights in visiting the new Rosemont Preserve and that it doesn't remain inconveniently "off limits" to those of us who fought for its preservation and who don't have the benefit of having their property lines run up against this new acquisition. I'm hoping that there will indeed be days where the gates will be open to allow all of us to enjoy this wonderful piece of undeveloped land.

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