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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.