Upper Zuniga Road Acquisitions

Location: Los Angeles County

Project Type: Acquisition

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: Riparian

Date Completed: 2001

Area Affected: 120 acres

Assembly District: 50

Senate District: 27

Congressional District: 33

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

This project acquired approximately 120 acres in the Upper Topanga watershed including Zuniga Pond, a man-made pond near Upper Zuniga Road, to protect western pond turtle habitat, a state-listed species of special concern.

This acquisition permanently protects both the northern section of unique rock formations and the historic pond containing a regionally significant population of Southwestern pond turtles. The willow-encircled pond provides a year-round water source for wildlife and is one of the more beautiful settings in the Santa Monica Mountains.