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Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) works to protect the natural lands, waterways and beaches of Orange County, California.

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Supervisor Weighs in on Talbert Park
Aside from creating easier access to Talbert Park, officials need $180 million to fund needed repairs and maintenance. Supervisor Steel said the next step is to prioritize the needs.

Live Oak Canyon Road Safety Improvements One of the fabulous features of some of Orange County's more rural roads are the live oaks that line the roadway. Unfortunately, drivers tend to speed on these dangerous roads. The County Board of Supervisors has approved a $3.2 million project to help with safety. But at what cost ask environmental groups like FHBP? Sensitivity to the aesthetics must be considered to maintain the rural atmosphere.

California's Cap-and-Trade Program
According to California Air Resources Board Chair, Mary Nichols, California has a good story to tell on its cap and trade program. Did you know that auction sales have generated $969 million in revenue through 2014? It appears that a cap and trade program can co-exist with a strong economy says Stanford economist Lawrence Goulder. FHBP hopes to see conservation projects included as expenditures get allocated.

Cougars Need Crossings to Survive
Mountain lions on the Santa Monica Mountains have been tracked and collared, but National Park Service biologists fear there isn't enough room to roam. Some cougars are actually crossing the 101 (Ventura) Freeway to breed with other cougars. Discussions are underway for a crossing at Liberty Canyon. It has regional support, now the money just needs to come in for its construction.

SCAG Offers Public Workshops
The 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS) is a long-range visioning plan for Southern California that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals. Developed by the Southern California Association of Governments, the 2016 RTP/SCS embodies a collective vision for the region’s future and is developed with input from local governments, please consider attending a local workshop. Orange County dates: June 18th, June 23rd, and June 24th.

Defining Sustainability Symposium
Join the City of Newport Beach for its second symposium on Saturday, June 27 at the Back Bay Science Center. Gate opens 8 a.m., Presentation 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. There are optional afternoon tours, free parking, and free admission, but space limited. RSVP to

Groups Sue HB Over Plastic Ban Repeal
In May, the City of Huntington Beach repealed its plastic bag ban. Surfrider, Coastkeeper, and others have filed suit over the unanalyzed environmental impacts.

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Please consider supporting our work. In addition to the above projects we also act as the fiscal agent for other community groups. Visit our Program section to learn more.

Your support is much appreciated.

FHBP is a county-wide non-profit umbrella group educating and inspiring the residents of Orange County, ensuring the protection and restoration of our natural lands and leading a coalition of conservation and community groups to this end. Our work is focused on the following ongoing and emerging projects:

Green Vision Project

Working to find and create funding for parks, open space and water quality.
M2 Mitigation Program

Learn about the habitat mitiation program in Renewed Measure M.
Healthy Communities Toolkit

Get your copy of the newly released Healthy Communities Toolkit !
Sustainable Development Environmental Review Committee

Endorsing urban developments that reduce greenhouse gases and vehicle miles traveled.
Safe Trails Coalition

Supporting appropriate trail use that provides safe, high quality experiences and protects natural resources.
General Plan Resource Directory

Get your copy of the General Plan Resource Directory!

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