Cold Creek Riparian Acquisitions: Part 1

Location: Los Angeles County

Project Type: Acquisition

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: Riparian

Cost: $1,950,000

Area Affected: 71.5 acres

Assembly District: 50

Senate District: 27

Congressional District: 33

Project Lead/Grantee:
Mountains Restoration Trust (Jo Kitz, 818-591-1701)

This project acquired 71.5 acres of upland and riparian habitat along Cold Creek, a tributary to Malibu Creek. Cold Creek Preserve is located in the north central flank of the Santa Monica Mountains and owned by The Mountains Restoration Trust. Cold Creek is one of the few perennial water systems in the area, and is subsequently a major upland tributary of Malibu Creek. The watershed’s boundaries extend above Mulholland Highway, while the area drained by Cold Creek is about 4.5 miles from a high point at Saddle Peak.

Cold Creek is home to a number of unique plants and animals. Locally-rare plant species include Plummer’s baccharis, deergrass, stream orchid, yellow-throated phacelia, big-leaf maple, red shank and Humboldt lily. A number of species that are indicated as “threatened” on the endangered species list also call Cold Creek home. These animals are the Cooper’s hawk, mountain quail, yellow warbler, prairie falcon, golden eagle, horned lizard, coastal western whiptail, silvery legless lizard, patch-nosed snake, ring-necked snake, San Diego mountain king snake, two-striped garter snake, desert wood rat, ringtail and three bat species.