The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 20,000-acre land grant from the Irvine Co. today, marking the largest single donation of space to the county in its history.
The move is the final step in the deal, which was also approved by the O.C. Parks Commission earlier this month.
The real estate company's historic Irvine Ranch Open Space gift increases O.C. Parks’ land by half, bringing its total space to 60,000 acres.
A large portion of the property – a noted natural landmark by both the state and federal government – is included in the grant, as well as Gypsum Canyon, Weir Canyon, Fremont Canyon, Black Star Canyon, Loma Ridge and Limestone Canyon.
“I have been able to see some of the canyons and ridges within these lands and I appreciate the generosity of this transaction’s substantial acreage to the public,” said Supervisor Janet Nguyen, board chairwoman. “With this acceptance by the county of Orange, I am confident generations of residents and visitors will enjoy this stunning land for years to come.”
The new grant continues a legacy of land donations from the Irvine Co.
James Irvine donated land for California’s first regional park, now known as Irvine Regional Park in 1897.
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy will continue operating recreational programs and research under a contract with O.C. Parks, which will patrol the land.
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Map courtesy of irlandmarks.org
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