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Preservation Groups Buy Mountain Ridge in Laurel Canyon to Protect Wildlife, Open Space

Eagle Don Henley made a $100,000 donation in memory of his friend and collaborator, fellow former Laurel Canyon resident Glenn Frey

An alliance of land preservation groups announced Tuesday the purchase of a 17-acre mountain ridge for open space and wildlife habitat in Laurel Canyon.

The property between Lookout Mountain Avenue and Stanley Hills Drive in the Hollywood Hills was purchased for $1.6 million as the result of the two-year "Let's Buy a Mountain" nonprofit donation campaign spearheaded by the Laurel Canyon Association and Citizens for Los Angeles Wildlife (CLAW). The land will be turned over to the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority for management and permanent preservation, said Tony Tucci, chair of CLAW.

Government agencies, neighborhood special events, resident and community donations, philanthropic support, and even gifts from some of Laurel Canyon's storied former residents helped complete the purchase.

Eagles leader Don Henley made a $100,000 donation in memory of his friend and collaborator -- and fellow former Laurel Canyon resident -- Glenn Frey.

"I greatly appreciate your efforts to preserve the rare undeveloped lands that remain in the Laurel Canyon area," Henley said. "These resources are precious, both in terms of wildlife habitat, and in terms of the human history that resides there."

The David Schwartz Foundation donated the final $300,000 necessary to close the sale.

"Our family foundation is very pleased to have been a part of this important effort to preserve the wild nature of this land for all time," said John Schwartz. "Protecting open space within thriving cities brings many unique attributes to our daily lives and informs in very important ways, the character of a community."

The Laurel Canyon Association stated that protecting the land "is a dream come true" that could not have been successful without the efforts of local residents, environmental organizations and governmental agencies including the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chair Sheila Kuehl.

Kuehl gave a $100,000 grant to the project and additional government support came from Los Angeles City Councilmembers David Ryu and Paul Koretz.

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