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Local News in Brief : Parkland Goes Over to U.S. Park Service

In a ceremony punctuated by bagpipe music and blue skies, a state parks agency turned over 2,434 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains to the National Park Service Monday.

The cornerstone of the $11-million land sale by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was the site of the ceremony, the 1,655-acre Circle X Ranch in southeast Ventura County, which includes Sandstone Peak, the highest point in the Santa Monicas. The ranch and 779 acres in Malibu’s Zuma Canyon were added to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.


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