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The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA)

The MRCA is dedicated to the preservation and management of local open space and parkland, wildlife habitat, coastal access, watershed lands, and trails in both wilderness and urban settings, and to ensuring access to public parkland and coastal resources. The MRCA works in cooperation with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and other local government partners to acquire parkland, participate in vital planning processes, work towards wildfire resilience, connect wildlife habitat, and complete major park improvement projects. The agency provides natural resources and scientific expertise, critical regional planning services, and education and leadership programs for thousands of youth each year. It is one of the lead agencies revitalizing the Los Angeles River and its tributaries.

Governing Board

The MRCA is governed by its Governing Board which is comprised of designated representatives of the Conejo Recreation and Park District, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, and one at-large Member appointed by the Governing Board.



Most Frequently Asked Questions

Is the MRCA a public agency?

Yes. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) is a local government public entity established in 1985 pursuant to the Joint Powers Act. The MRCA is a partnership between the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which is a state agency established by the Legislature, and the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District both of which are local park agencies established by the vote of the people in those communities.

Does the MRCA manage parkland?

The MRCA manages more than 75.000 acres of parkland that it owns or that is owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. It provides operations, ranger services, fire prevention and protection services, outreach, and community-based planning to improve its parks and to encourage all Southern Californians to experience nature.

What is the mission of the MRCA?

The mission of MRCA is to complement the work of other agencies protecting land in the Southern California mountains by using its unique abilities to acquire and improve open space and parkland, afford environmental education opportunities, and provide stewardship for a wide variety of public park and open space amenities.

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