$20M for open space – Public access, preservation are priorities

The Irvine Company and the Donald Bren Foundation have announced initiatives that together will provide $20 million for public access and preservation of open-space land on the Irvine Ranch in Orange County, Business Wire reported June 28.

Both projects will pay for trail restoration, trailheads, drinking fountains and benches for visitors to the 93,000-acre ranch, which is also the home to several planned housing developments.

The Donald Bren Foundation will establish a $10 million Open Space Conservancy Fund, which will award grants for public access and preservation for the 14,000 acres of open-space lands that have already been conveyed to public agencies by the Irvine Company.

The Irvine Company is setting up a $10 million land stewardship program for the roughly 19,600 acres of privately owned open-space lands that the foundation has designated for future transfer to public agencies. The Irvine Company has designated 33,600 acres of its land – more than 36 percent of the entire ranch – as permanent open space.

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