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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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Parks Forward Commission Releases Report
The Commission tasked with coming up with recommendations for the California Department of Parks and Recreation released its report today. Commissioners called for many things from adding credit card machines at park entrances to adding amenities like soccer fields to our State Parks. Another suggestion was to create a new non-profit to help manage the effort and fundraise.

Snow Pack Concerns Scientists
Scientists see California snow pack as harbinger. The snow pack is at 25% of normal. It is believed California may receive the same amount of rain, but it won't be in the form of snow pack, which is essential to our water use.

Environmental Oversight Committee Update
Director Lori Donchak (City of San Clemente) and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett (5th District) are now officially the two designated Environmental Oversight Committee representatives from the OCTA Board. Congrats to both women and we look forward to collaborating with you on conservation activities in Orange County!

Wetlands Symposium - January 31
Please join the Newport Bay Conservancy on Saturday, January 31, for a Symposium to celebrate World Wetlands Day at The Back Bay Science Center. The event runs from 9 AM - 4 PM. Register and Symposium fee, which varies from $15-25 based on timing and status (student/public) through Eventbrite.

OC Wild Workshop - February 13
Orange County Wild is hosting a Winter Workshop on Friday, February 13 from 9 AM - 4 PM at O'Neill Regional Park. The featured speaker is John Muir Laws.  Naturalist, educator and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws is in love with the natural world and has lived his life sharing this passion with others.Details about the Workshop are available on the flyer.There is a $40 workshop fee. Email Winter Bonnin if you are interested in attending.

Esperanza Hills Gets Commission OK
The County Planning Commission recommended approval of the 340 unit Esperanza Hills project above Yorba Linda to the Board of Supervisors with a 5-0 vote yesterday. FHBP was there to oppose this project. The Board will decide to approve/deny the project on March 10th.

OCTA Releases Conservation Plans
In an effort to meet the requirements of state and federal laws, the Orange County Transportation Authority released Conservation Plans and environmental documents for its Mitigation Program. Comments are due February 6, 2015.

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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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