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Protecting the hills of La Tuna Canyon will benefit Burbank

October 16, 2004

This is the second of two parts.

The Burbank City Council should absolutely take a position against

the Whitebird development for many reasons, including concerns with

the slope density formula, detriment to nearby equestrian properties,

and protecting natural areas for outdoors enthusiasts.

Here are other reasons:

DESTRUCTION OF THE

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RARE RIPARIAN FOREST

The developer proposes to completely destroy the two-mile long

Riparian Forest at the base of La Tuna Canyon, uprooting hundreds of

large trees. By the developer's own admission, this Riparian Forest

qualifies as a "Rare Commodity" by the Department of Fish and Game

standards.

This Riparian Forest is a continuation of the natural eco-system

that is already protected by the Santa Monica Conservancy Group's

acquisition of the La Tuna Canyon portion of the Burbank Hills. They

built several nature trails several years ago through obvious areas

where hikers can view streams and waterfalls and catch incredible

views of surrounding areas. These streams and waterfalls continue

down onto Whitebird property and feed the Riparian Forest. There are

no public trails at this time into the Riparian Forest, but there

should be.

The city of Burbank should have concern over the destruction of

the Riparian Forest because a trail through the forest should be a

natural extension of the already established hiking trails that begin

in Burbank. In fact, a fantastic loop hiking trail starting and

ending in Burbank is almost in place right now, and it should

absolutely be extended to include the Riparian Forest, a visit to

which would prove to be the highlight of any hiking trip.

THE DREAM OF A CONTINUOUS

HORSE-TRAIL SYSTEM

La Tuna Canyon, Shadow Hills, and Sunland-Tujunga residents dream

of the day that a universal horse/foot-hiking trail system be built

continuous through all three cities. What a dream it would be for

Burbank to join this venture.

Imagine what it could mean for Burbank horse owners if they were

allowed to ride their horses up into the Burbank Hills (perhaps even

from their very own residences near Riverside Drive), over the other

side down into La Tuna Canyon, and be able to visit Sunland-Tujunga

and Shadow Hills -- all in a day's single ride. The city of Burbank

should look into this incredible opportunity, which will be dashed if

Whitebird succeeds in having its project approved.

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So how can one developer get away with so much destruction? It all

resides in the hands of Wendy Greuel, the newly elected L.A. City

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