Schlotterbeck: Friends Saved OC Harbors, Beaches and Parks

The non-profit Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, formed twenty years ago this week in the wake of the 1994 bankruptcy, have provided a model of how active residents and citizens can engage with agencies like OC Parks on mission and funding, ultimately improving regional quality of life by protecting important natural community assets. This coming Saturday, October 14th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, readers can join supporters celebrating at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach.

Schlotterbeck: Conservation Victories Come in All Forms— Including From Transportation Agencies

On June 20, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) and the Orange County Transportation Agency celebrate the dedication of 1,300 acres of permanently preserved lands. Melanie Schlotterbeck writes that it’s a culmination, noting that activist leaders took the long view in 2000 in creating the Green Vision Map that highlighted lands in Orange County that needed to be protected along with a leadership role by partnering with the OCTA to conserve lands through Measure M2, the county half-cent sales tax.