OCTA Reaches Major Milestone in Preserving O.C. Wilderness

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OCTA Reaches Major Milestone in Preserving O.C. Wilderness
EIR and conservation plan OK’d for seven properties that help offset impacts of 13 freeway projects

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors on Monday unanimously approved a conservation plan that ensures more than 1,300 acres of wilderness will remain preserved and forever protected from development. The approval of the environmental documents related to the Measure M Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program marks a major milestone in efforts to protect natural habitat and rare animal and plant species in Orange County. The certification of the final conservation plans, known as the Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan and the associated Environmental Impact Report, is the culmination of a nearly 10-year effort that involved OCTA staff working closely with members of the public, environmental and community groups, and state and federal wildlife officials. “Today is a landmark day for Orange County that demonstrates we can move forward on improving our freeways and transportation system while at the same time protecting the environment that makes our county such a special place to live,” said OCTA Chair Lori Donchak.

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