By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who passed away over the weekend, was a major advocate for conservation, as evidenced by a significant donation of land he made in the Hollywood Hills over 20 years ago.

Trebek Open Space Undated photo. (Credit: MRCA)

Many Angelenos may not be aware that, in the late 1990s, Trebek purchased 62 acres of land between Runyon and Nichols Canyons and donated it as public space.

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The area, known as “Trebek Open Space,” was donated to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, a public agency which manages 75,000 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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The land was purchased by Trebek for $2 million in 1998, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It has trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riding.

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Trebek died Sunday at the age of 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.