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CARLSBAD FWO: Orange County Central-Coastal HCP Gets A Big Boost From Land Donation
California-Nevada Offices , November 30, 2010
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Attendees at the Nov. 30, 2010, dedication ceremony. Donald Bren, Chairman of the Irvine Company is seated on the stage - 4th from the left.  Photo Credit: USFWS/Jim A. Bartel
Attendees at the Nov. 30, 2010, dedication ceremony. Donald Bren, Chairman of the Irvine Company is seated on the stage - 4th from the left. Photo Credit: USFWS/Jim A. Bartel - Photo Credit: n/a
The federally threatened coastal Califoria gnatcatcher, one of the species covered under the Central-Coastal NCCP.HCP. Photo Credit: M.Koski/USFWS
The federally threatened coastal Califoria gnatcatcher, one of the species covered under the Central-Coastal NCCP.HCP. Photo Credit: M.Koski/USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

By Jane Hendron, Carlsbad FWO

Donald Bren
, Chairman of the Irvine Company, formally dedicated 20,000 acres to the County of Orange‚Äôs Parks Department on November 30, 2010.  This latest land donation from the Irvine Company includes Fremont Canyon, Weir Canyon, and Loma Ridge.  These lands contain a diverse array of habitats, including stunning limestone formations, oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral. 

The dedication of these lands for conservation is a tremendous addition to the system of preserves established more than 20 years ago when the County of Orange, along with The Irvine Company, Transportation Corridor Agency, University of California, Irvine, the Metropolitan Water District, and seven cities developed the Central-Coastal Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (Central-Coastal NCCP/HCP). 

Approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in 1996, the Central-Coastal NCCP/HCP was the first regional NCCP/HCP ever developed.  The goal of this regional HCP is to conserve a system of habitats that support numerous federally listed species and other rare species of plants and animals. The Central-Coastal NCCP/HCP covers more than 208,000 acres and addresses conservation needs for 39 species, 6 of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Within the plan area (208,000 acres), approximately 37,378 acres have been conserved.  The additional 20,000 acres donated by Mr. Bren will further enhance wildlife conservation by preserving large contiguous blocks of high quality habitat.


Contact Info: jane hendron, , jane_hendron@fws.gov



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