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Streisand agrees her donated ranch can be sold

Barbra Streisand in 2009.

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Barbra Streisand says she understands that California has to sell her donated nine-hectare Malibu ranch to help balance the state budget, but hopes the buyer will preserve its "special habitat."

The singer released a statement last week about Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to put Ramirez Canyon and other state-owned properties up for sale.

Streisand donated the property to California and the state's Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1993. It contains rolling meadows, creeks and custom homes.

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Streisand wanted the property that was valued at $15-million (U.S.) to become an environmental conference and study centre.

However, the conservancy scrapped those plans, angering Streisand.

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