Published On: Sun, Jun 27th, 2021

Six-Mile Wildlife Corridor Project in Orange County Moves Forward

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A multi-year project by nonprofit environmental conservation group Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., aiming to help preserve wildlife in one of the last remaining large, consolidated wilderness areas in coastal Southern California, has been making significant progress. The goal of the Irvine-Laguna Wildlife Corridor is to create a 6-mile corridor that links 22,000 acres of natural land on Laguna’s coast to the 150,000 acres of wilderness near the Santa Ana Mountains, allowing wild animals to travel back and forth. Norm Grossman, president of Laguna Greenbelt, said the effort is “critical for our region and the state.” “The 22,000 acres sounds like a lot, but to maintain a viable population, it just isn’t enough,” Grossman told The Epoch Times. “We have to have that connection to the Santa Ana mountains. … Decades of urban development has cut off the coastal wilderness from the rest of the landscape.” The project broke ground in 2018, …

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