OCTA, wildlife agencies announce protection of 1,300 acres of open space as part of sales tax measure promise – Orange County Register
TRABUCO CANYON – A dozen years ago, as the Orange County Transportation Authority sought to renew a half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, conservation groups pledged support – provided an environmental mitigation program was incorporated into the measure.
In November 2006, Orange County voters approved Measure M2 – with the promise that 5 percent of freeway project budgets would go toward conservation efforts – for another 30 years of the half-cent sales tax. OCTA’s Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program allocates funds from the tax to acquire land and pay for habitat restoration projects in exchange for streamlined approvals for 13 freeway improvement projects countywide.
A four-wheel drive vehicle passes by a wilderness preserve sign on a remote road in the 399 acres of land purchased in Trabuco Canyon by the Orange County Transportation Authority. (Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG file)
Hikers make their way down a single track trail in 2013 enjoying a rare treat, a guided hike by the OCTA through 399 acres of pristine wilderness it owns in Trabuco Canyon called the Ferber Ranch. (Chat Metivier, Orange County Register/SCNG file)
A hiker stops to say high to a horse ridden by the Orange County Sheriff’s Mounted patrol in 2013 who were along for the OCTA guided hike through 399 acres it owns in Trabuco Canyon called Ferber Ranch. (Chat Metivier, Orange County Register/SCNG file)
There were views of Trabuco Canyon along the trail for those that attended the Orange County Transportation Authority celebration ceremony in 2011. The area is in the 84 acre Saddle Creek South property, which bridges the gap between the OÕNeill Regional Park and the Cleveland National Forest. (Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG file)
Folks enjoy a rare treat, a guided hike in 2013 by the OCTA through 399 acres of pristine wilderness it owns in Trabuco Canyon called the Ferber Ranch. The property is being maintained as a wildlife…