The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority in Malibu, California, has announced a gift of thirty-eight acres of undeveloped land from Alex von Furstenberg, the son of fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and the late Prince Egon von Furstenberg.
The gift comprises three separate parcels totaling thirty-eight acres of open space located in the Decker Canyon area, adjacent to Charmlee Wilderness Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. The property contains two significant drainage courses and a wide variety of plant communities, including oak woodland, grassland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. The MRCA will seek additional grants to develop trail access and viewing areas to make the parkland accessible to the public.
"I want to thank the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for maintaining and growing one of the most beautiful places in the world so that families can enjoy the sanctity of our local mountains for generations to come, said von Furstenberg, founder and chief investment officer of Ranger Global Advisors and a board member of the Diller-von Fursternberg Family Foundation. "I look forward to gifting significantly more land over time."
"Acquisition of this property will close a large gap in the development of the regionally significant Coastal Slope Trail, which will ultimately provide hikers a path from Topanga State Park to Leo Carrillo State Park, where they can enjoy blue water views," said MCRA executive officer Joseph T. Edmiston. "The generosity of Mr. von Furstenburg will protect this land for the public in perpetuity."