Philanthropist Alex von Furstenberg has donated 38 acres of Malibu open space overlooking the ocean to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Located in the Decker Canyon area, adjacent to Charmlee Wilderness Park, the parkland is composed of three separate parcels and lies on a broad shelf of terrain that offers sweeping views of the Santa Monica Bay.

“I want to thank the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for maintaining and growing one of the most beautiful places in the world so that families can enjoy the sanctity of our local mountains for generations to come,” von Furstenberg said in the announcement Thursday. “I look forward to gifting significantly more land over time.”

Acquisition of this property will close a large gap in the development of the Coastal Slope Trail, which will ultimately provide hikers a path from Topanga State Park to Leo Carrillo State Park, where they can take in water views, said Joseph T. Edmiston, the MRCA’s executive officer.

“The generosity of Mr. von Furstenburg will protect this land for the public in perpetuity,” he said.

The property contains two significant drainage courses and a wide variety of vegetation communities including oak woodland, grassland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. Rock outcrops add to the diversity of the terrain. The MRCA will seek additional grants to develop trail access and viewing areas to make the new parkland accessible to the public.

The 47-year-old son of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and Prince Egon von Furstenberg is the chief investment officer of Ranger Global Advisors, a family investment company he founded six years ago. He is also director and secretary of The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to various non-profit organizations.

–City News Service

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