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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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Can Bikers, Hikers and Habitat Co-Exist?
Laguna Canyon Foundation Executive Director Hallie Jones held the Foundation's first Trails Summit in August. She asked recreational users to set aside differences and work to figure things out. The time of illegal trail cutting by bikers and social trails by hikers is no longer acceptable.

FHBP Releases Fire & Water Quality Study
In a just released Fire and Water Quality Study FHBP combines digital mapping data to get a 100 year history of fire perimeters, points of origin and frequency for the Santa Ana Mountains and Laguna Coast. Download the Study or the data for Google Earth from this website. View the Press Release.

UCI Hosts Threats to Urban Forestry Summit
UCI is hosting a regional workshop on the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB), a tiny non-native beetle that has invaded Southern California and is currently threatening tens of thousands of trees throughout the region. This invasive species is quickly reaching epidemic proportions and has widespread environmental, economic, and esthetic implications. The workshop is September 9th, register by the 3rd.

July Hottest Month EVER
July was the warmest month EVER recorded on the globe. This science indicates warmer temps in the west, likely a continuation of the drought which directly correlates to increased wildfires.

Supreme Court Takes on Banning Ranch Case
The California Supreme Court decided to hear the appeal in the case against the City of Newport Beach. Concerns stem from violations of the City's own general plan and lack of coordination with the Coastal Commission when approving the Banning Ranch development.

OCTA Wilderness Access on Ferber Preserve
Mark your calendars and join us! Registration is now open for our upcoming wilderness guided hike and equestrian ride at Ferber Ranch preserve. Follow these links for details: 9/26 Equestrian Ride Info or 10/17 Hike Info.

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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.
Fire Study

Download a copy of the 2015 FHBP Fire and Water Quality Study and its digital data!
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.
Healthy Communities Toolkit

Get your copy of the newly released Healthy Communities Toolkit !

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