Banning Ranch Conservancy Appeal Denied
The State Supreme Court refused to hear the Sunset Ridge Park case. The Conservancy claims the park will facilitate the development of the Banning Ranch property.
FHBP Newsletter Released (PDF 1.9 MB)
The winter edition of Outdoors in Orange County covers land use and fire conflicts, local ballot measures, examples of three cities working on sustainability, a tribute to FHBP Board member Don Thomas, and several project updates with the Green Vision Map.
With O.C. Hills Deceptively Green, A Dry Spring Looms
George Ewan of the Orange County Fire Authority says the lush green hills give people a false sense of security, because those green hills will go brown and dry out pretty fast. Dry brush is a huge risk during fire season in Southern California. In fact, Bill Patzert, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory researcher, says "people equal fire."
CEQA Workshop on April 6th
Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks is co-hosting a California Environmental Quality Act workshop in Seal Beach. Learn the ins and outs of this law and how it can help improve proposed development projects.
City May Acquire County Park
The City of Costa Mesa
voted 4-1 to acquire Talbert Park. The park is adjacent to the Santa Ana River and Fairview Park. Officials are unsure if the county is willing to give the land to Costa Mesa for management.
Wetlands Habitat Opens at Fairview Park
Thirty-seven acres of riparian and wetland habitat received their latest phase of funding. Partners for this project included the Orange County Transportation Authority and Miocean, a local funder focused on water pollution.
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