Ahmanson Ranch is now known as the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy administers the stunning 2,983-acre ranch captured here in late 2003. The ranch website states:

The Conservancy’s purchase of the ranch was made possible by the watershed protection provisions of Proposition 50, the state bond measure approved by voters in November 2002. Five million in Conservancy funds, a grant of $10 million from the State Coastal Conservancy, and a grant of $135 million through the Wildlife Conservation Board combined to complete the purchase price.

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