After Decades In The Making, Great Park Developer Breaks Ground on Wildlife Corridor at Great Park

This week marks the groundbreaking of the central part of the Coast To Cleveland Wildlife Corridor. The OC Great Park Wildlife Corridor will link the southern and northern portions of the corridor, and represents the successful collaboration between FivePoint, The City of Irvine, and Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. and its coalition partners.

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Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. Celebrates 50 Years of Coastal OC Conservation

Today, Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. marks half a century of habitat protection and advocacy.

In 1968, our founder Jim Dilley could only imagine what life would be like in 2017. Initially, he advocated for an undeveloped ‘greenbelt’ about one-quarter the size of the 22,000 acres of protected wilderness parks along central Orange County coast. These wilderness areas are more important than ever in mitigating the widespread development, habitat fragmentation, and climate change occurring in our region and worldwide.

Over the years, we expanded on Dilley’s original vision. We are so grateful to the  individuals, governments, businesses, and nonprofit partners that have helped protect our wilderness for the animals and people that depend on it.

We are always pressing forward to protect our public and private investments in conservation. For example, we are working to ensure sure the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor is finished and functional. This corridor will create an ecosystem connection between coastal wilderness parks and the Santa Ana Mountains to the east.

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Read more about the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor here.

Become a member and join a legacy of local conservation!  


Historic $4B Park Bond Will Fund Parks, Water, Climate Resiliency Across California

Last week, among other items, the California legislature approved a $4 Billion bond that will be brought to state voters in 2018. The bond targets multi-benefit investments in parks, water, and natural resources throughout the state. Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. supports the bond because it will help address deferred maintenance in local parks (including wilderness parks), and offer support for climate-resiliency projects like the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor.

You can read more details about the final bill language on Senator Kevin De Leon’s site by clicking here.

Read SB 5 Language here.


OC Parks Seeks Input for Strategic Plan

The County of Orange is seeking input during the update of the OC Parks Strategic Plan. The ecological vitality of local parks are dependent on the functionality of wildlife corridors, which connects these park lands to other ecosystems. There are also a variety of other tasks needed in our parks to ensure they are being managed appropriately.

You opinion is important. Please participate in the next meeting, especially if you are a stakeholder in the Laguna Beach/surrounding areas:

The plan is updated only once per decade – don’t miss this opportunity to share your perspective. The strategic plan update will accomplish the following:


  • Revise and modernize OC Parks’ vision and mission to ensure the statements are impactful to internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide clarity on why OC Parks exists
  • Include goals, objectives, and action steps that will guide OC Parks for the next 10 years
  • Bridge the current Strategic Plan and the County’s General Plan to assist with the development of the Strategic Financial Plan and budgeting

For more information about the OC Parks Strategic Plan Update, visit the website:


New Research: Corridors Extend Presence of Species Facing Habitat Loss

An article in the New York Times today shares the results of newly-published research suggesting that species loss  in areas hit heavily by habitat loss may be buffered to some extent by corridors.

Researchers are careful to say that some of the data is based on modeling, and corridors are not a replacement for large-scale conservation. However, corridors are helpful in the short-term to slow species loss under pressure from fragmentation.

Read the article at the New York Times here.