The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) needs your help renaming seven wilderness preserves throughout the county to highlight the regional and environmental significances of each preserve. OCTA has successfully purchased seven properties that are permanently preserved as natural open space and totals more than 1,300 acres of land. Five preserves are in the Trabuco and Silverado Canyon area, one in Laguna Beach and one in Brea.
OCTA is asking Orange County residents for their input on renaming each of the properties. Each property has three name options that highlight a biological, environmental, or habitat specific quality. The new open space preserve names will be unveiled at OCTA’s next hike on Saturday, February 24th at O’Neill Oaks in Trabuco Canyon.
OCTA allocates funds to acquire land and fund habitat restoration projects in exchange for streamlined project approvals for Measure M2 freeway improvement projects. Measure M2 is Orange County’s half-cent sales tax to improve transportation efforts throughout the County.
Pick your favorite names and cast your vote at www.octa.net/preservation prior to the February 16th deadline. To register for the Trabuco Canyon hike on Saturday, February 24th, please visit www.preservingourlegacy.org.