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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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New Developments Get Limited Grass
The California Water Commission, in response to the drought, approved steep limits on how much water can be used in exterior landscaping for new construction projects (like houses, schools and businesses). Grass will only be able to cover 25% of the total yard area (front, side and back yards combined). This one step should reduce irrigation water use by 20% per home.

Irvine Fire Burnes 230 Acres
Firefighters are battling a blaze along Santiago Canyon Road. That area has had numerous blazes ignite there.

Irvine Coyote Attacks Prompt Warning
Removing sources of food that attract wildlife will help reduce human-coyote interactions. Recent events in Irvine led officials to warn residents about staying vigilant. Removing pet food, fallen tree fruit, and water bowls as well as sealing compost bins should help reduce the coyote activity.

Sign the Petition to Support Banning Ranch
Here’s your chance to say NO to the massive Banning Ranch development in 30 seconds or less! The developers’ application to the Coastal Commission has been accepted as complete and they are just ONE STEP AWAY from having their massive development plan approved. Sign the Petition to Stop the Project!

Laguna Fire Prompts Large Response
We hope fire crews can stop the spread of this fire. Remember to only use fireworks in safe (and LEGAL) locations--not in the parks, or at the road's edge. Many fires in July are caused by folks celebrating Independence Day, but they lack common sense on the appropriate and safe location to do it. Follow local rules. Only use fireworks where permitted. Stay safe and keep our parks safe.

Residents File Lawsuit Against County & City
Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, was a co-petitioner in a lawsuit filed against the County of Orange and City of Yorba Linda. The lawsuit was filed due to the approval of the 340 unit hillside project called Esperanza Hills. Public safety concerns dominated the complaint.


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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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