CONGRATULATIONS TO ENDANGERED HABITATS LEAGUE AS IT CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF CONSERVATION!
The Endangered Habitats League is dedicated to the protection of the diverse ecosystems of Southern California and to sensitive and sustainable land use for the benefit of all the region's inhabitants. It was founded in 1991 at Starr Ranch Audubon Sanctuary as a coalition of environmental groups with the goal to get the California Gnatcatcher listed as an endangered species, and to leverage that designation into protection of Coastal Sage Scrub throughout Southern California. In its two decades, EHL has expanded into a constellation of issues centered around habitat protection in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. It has had notable successes toward this goal, despite strong opposition from development forces of many kinds. See more on EHL, including what it’s done in OC, at http://ehl.halldatainc.com/Public/Newsletter/Default.aspx?ID=117.
ACTION NOW: While you’re at EHL’s website, make a donation to thank them for their tireless proactive work, which has helped put conservation in Southern California in a MUCH stronger position than it was 20 years ago.
OC GREEN VISION
- A new Green Vision Workshop, Smart Investments for Orange County's Future, will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at the Duck Club. The workshop will focus on creative planning and implementation of sustainable development projects and linking land use to natural resource protection. Check-in begins at 9:30, the workshop is from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. Contact Melanie Schlotterbeck at to register. Registration ends September 7; if you get this notice after the 7th, ask if you can attend anyway. Cost: $15 per person, payable at the door, includes lunch. Make checks payable to FHBP.
- The General Plan Resource Directory: Creating Sustainable Communities in Orange County is now available from Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks. The $35 cost includes tax and shipping. See details at http://www.fhbp.org/publications/resource-directory.html.
TRABUCO DISTRICT TO CONDUCT VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROJECTS
- The El Cariso Penny Pines and the Munhall and Indian pine plantations will have overstory and understory thinned and fuel reduction, including controlled burns, done under and around them. Treatment will not be done during nesting season. Quercus agrifolia and Q. chrysolepis in the treatment areas will not be thinned and will be protected from burning. These projects are expected to take about five years to complete.
- The Elsinore Peak project will apply a combination of cutting and controlled burns to about 70 acres per year in an area south and east of Rancho Capistrano. All occupied Munz’ onion habitat will be avoided. A 50-100-ft. buffer zone will separate all meadows from project activities. It will take about ten years to complete the project. Notice of this project was received too late for our previous newsletter, unfortunately, and the public comment period closed on July 26. If you would like more details and/or .pdf maps of the project areas, contact .
-Celia Kutcher, Conservation Chair