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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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Banning Ranch Meeting - October 7
Help Save Banning Ranch: Attend Coastal Commission Hearing 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach. Staff recommended a denail to the permit, will Commissioners follow it?

UCI Fire Study: Santa Anas Make Fire Worse
UCI published a report outlining the dangers Orange County residents face with increasing development in the Wildland-Urban Interface. Fire expert Rick Halsey states: “I think it’s OK for us as a society to say, ‘You can build there, but we won’t defend your property.’ The problem is flammable homes in a flammable location.”

Docent Day in October
Did you know the 18th annual Docent Day is coming up on October 24? That's right. Check out the great line up and cool venue (Outdoor Education Center). Registration, cost and other details are on the flyer.

Coastal Access, Fight of the Century?
How important is beach access to you? Did you know California beaches are ALL public? Unfortunately the issue of beach access and "private" beaches is still an issue the wealthy and some politicos are arguing about.

Brush Fire Burns in Yorba Linda
A 26 year old is under arrest for starting a fire on lands adjacent to Chino Hills State Park, called Esperanza Hills. A 340-unit development is proposed on these lands. Fire crews knocked the fire out in a couple of hours and contained it to 17 acres (reported later).

Peters Canyon Bike Path Meeting
There is a new OC Parks Workshop regarding the Peters Canyon proposed bikeway. This workshop will deal exclusively with trail and bikeway alternatives in Peters Canyon, and it is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Orange County Fire Authority, 1 Fire Authority Road, Irvine, CA.

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.

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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