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.

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