The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was
established by the California State Legislature in 1980. Since
that time, it has helped to preserve over 75,000 acres of
parkland in both wilderness and urban settings, and improved
more than 114 public recreational facilities throughout Southern
California. Additionally, it has given grants to nonprofit
organizations for educational and interpretation programs
that have served hundreds of thousands of children and other
Through direct action, alliances, partnerships, and joint
powers authorities, the Conservancy's mission is to strategically
buy back, preserve, protect, restore, and enhance treasured
pieces of Southern California to form an interlinking system
of urban, rural and river parks, open space, trails, and wildlife
habitats that are easily accessible to the general public.
The key to the Conservancy's success has been partnerships.
The Conservancy maximizes its effectiveness by working together
with local government, joint powers entities, landowners,
State and Federal agencies, and community-based organizations
to secure and develop parkland. Through a strategic planning
process that includes substantial community participation
and input, the Conservancy's projects and priorities are continually
updated to reflect the changing dynamics of the region.
The Conservancy consists of nine voting members, three
ex officio members and six legislative members. This policy-making
for the Conservancy is broadly representative of state, regional,
and local interests. A twenty-six member Advisory Committee
meets jointly with the Conservancy and offers citizens the
opportunity for even greater participation.