Sunday, September 13, 2009

Irvine Ranch offers transfer of 20,000 Acres to OC PARKS

Here is a story from the Orange County Register about the Irvine Co.’s offer to donate 20,000 acres of wilderness to the Orange County Parks system. The offer won a quick yes vote from the OC Parks Commission and the Orange County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the issue at their Sept. 29, 2009 meeting.

The acquisition also would include creation of a brand-new, 2,000-acre nature park, Blackstar Canyon Regional Park, with added ranger enforcement that could reduce problems caused by late-night revellers complained about by residents.

The land proposed for transfer, which also includes Limestone Canyon, Loma Ridge and Laguna Laurel, is now being managed by the Irvine Ranch Conservancy; it is part of the historic Irvine ranch lands

The creation of a black star canyon wilderness park would help deter crime/problems that have created the perception of that area as an unsafe place.

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