The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority announced Friday that it had acquired 20 acres of open space adjacent to its 1,500-acre Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The new public open space was donated by a local family who had owned the property for many decades. Located south of the unpaved portion of Mulholland Drive and west of Santa Maria Road above Woodland Hills in Los Angeles County, the backcountry property is part of a key cluster of public land in the 20,000-acre undeveloped urban wilderness known as the Big Wild extending from the San Diego (405) Freeway to Topanga Canyon.

The land’s permanent protection will extend connectivity and habitat for local wildlife between Gateway Park and the MRCA’s Summit Valley Ed Edelman Park.

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