Imagine if your very existence, and the existence of your whole species, depended on being able to move one place to another.
Imagine if having a way to to access food, water, to move away from a threat like a flood or wild fire, meant living another day.
Imagine if you just wanted to find some romance, and nobody in your vicinity seemed like a good match.
Now, imagine if a solid concrete barrier restricted that movement.
Imagine if animals were not that different from people in their need for moving around to find the essentials, and their need for help when they got stuck.
This reprint of an LA Times article earlier this year outlines why wildlife corridors are so important. The roads that allow humans the ability to move from place to place and find the things we need to survive and thrive sometimes make it hard for animals to do the same. But there is a solution.
Read: The Killing Fields for Mountain Lions
Some of Orange County’s animals are struggling with the same issues.
Check it out! In Orange County, we are trying to connect large landscapes so that animals, plants, and people can thrive!
Recently, one of our members was working in the corridor and discovered something disappointing: Graffiti artists have been tagging under one of the road crossings along the wildlife corridor.
These swallow mud nests have been ‘tagged’ as well. The paint is clearly visible on the nests.
Swallow mud nests are visible at top of wall
Spray paint is not healthy for baby swallows!
It’s pretty terrible that just when wildlife might be getting a chance by having this wildlife corridor in place, their future would be compromised by a senseless act of painting on their nesting sites!
Consider this an open letter to the public to never spray paint on or near wildlife!
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.
Read more at the following publications:
Photo Credit: OC Register
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.
Check out coverage by Laguna Beach Independent here: https://www.lagunabeachindy.com/greenbelt-marks-50-years-conservation-advocacy/
More about LGB’s history at: http://lagunagreenbelt.org/history-of-laguna-greenbelt/
Read more about the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor here.
Become a member and join a legacy of local conservation!
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.
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: http://www.ocparks.com/about/plan