Puerco Canyon Campground to Serve Underprivileged Youth

Joe Edmiston, on behalf of the MRCA, asked for a grant to prepare a plan to create an overnight group camping facility 2,000 feet up Puerco Canyon Rd. from PCH.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to pass a motion to allow the Santa Monica Mountains Conservation Authority (MRCA) to construct a camping facility in Puerco Canyon for foster children and disadvantaged young people in the community. 

During its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the board passed a motion to put together an overnight camping facility project, which would create a year-round opportunity for area kids to experience the stunning nature that Malibu has to offer. 

“These vulnerable kids never get the opportunity to just kick back, explore and revel in the natural beauty we have nearby in our mountains,” Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said in a public statement. “It makes me really happy that we’ll be providing a great camping experience in Puerco — a safe and gorgeous part of the Santa Monica Mountains.”

The MRCA previously met in Thousand Oaks on March 30 and passed a resolution, Proposition 40, which allowed a grant of $250,000 to design and plan an overnight camping facility in Puerco Canyon, which is also known as the Cameron Nature Preserve.

An additional $4 million for the campground came as part of an agreement between the state and developers of the Crummer Property near Bluffs Park, which was approved at the Aug. 12 California Coastal Commission meeting.