It’s great place to take in a Tequila Sunrise.
Preservation groups and hundreds of donors that included Eagles member Don Henley paid $1.6 million for a 17-acre mountain ridge in Laurel Canyon.
The group, which includes the Laurel Canyon Association and Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife, raised the money over two years through a campaign called “Let’s Buy A Mountain” to set aside the area for wildlife preservation, the Los Angeles Times reported. The land is part of a ridge that sits just to the west of the midway point of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and slopes northerly towards it.
The former owners of the land wanted to sell to locals, so much so that their agent went door to door to pitch to neighbors, and ultimately traded it for a “large discount,” according to the Times.
The effort received donations from around 400 people, including $100,000 from former Laurel Canyon resident and Eagles drummer Don Henley, who called the area’s undeveloped lands “precious, both in terms of wildlife habitat, and in terms of the human history that resides there.” The New York-based David Schwartz Foundation cut a check for the final $300,000 needed to buy the land.
The state’s Mountain Recreations and Conservation Authority will manage the property and could create parks or trails on the land. [LAT] — Dennis Lynch