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Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks (FHBP) works to protect the natural lands, waterways and beaches of Orange County, California.

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Drought Impacts Coastal Oaks
It appears our coast live oaks, hardy though they are, are actually feeling the FULL effects of the drought.

Fake Ordinance Will Not Curtail Public's Beach Access Rights
The City of Dana Point used the possiblity of fear and threat of injury to issue an ordinance restricting beach access. A Superior Court judge decided the City had relied upon unsubstantiated claims and was avoiding its Local Coastal Program obligations by closing access.

UCI Fire Study: Santa Anas Make Fire Worse
UCI published a report outlining the dangers Orange County residents face with increasing development in the Wildland-Urban Interface. Fire expert Rick Halsey states: “I think it’s OK for us as a society to say, ‘You can build there, but we won’t defend your property.’ The problem is flammable homes in a flammable location.”

Docent Day in October
Did you know the 18th annual Docent Day is coming up on October 24? That's right. Check out the great line up and cool venue (Outdoor Education Center). Registration, cost and other details are on the flyer.

FHBP Releases Fire & Water Quality Study
In a just released Fire and Water Quality Study FHBP combines digital mapping data to get a 100 year history of fire perimeters, points of origin and frequency for the Santa Ana Mountains and Laguna Coast. Download the Study or the data for Google Earth from this website. View the Press Release.

OCTA Wilderness Access on Ferber Preserve
Mark your calendars and join us! Registration is now open for our upcoming wilderness guided hike and equestrian ride at Ferber Ranch preserve. Follow these links for details: 9/26 Equestrian Ride Info or 10/17 Hike Info.


Please consider supporting our work. In addition to the above projects we also act as the fiscal agent for other community groups. Visit our Program section to learn more.

Your support is much appreciated.

FHBP is a county-wide non-profit umbrella group educating and inspiring the residents of Orange County, ensuring the protection and restoration of our natural lands and leading a coalition of conservation and community groups to this end. Our work is focused on the following ongoing and emerging projects:

Green Vision Project

Working to find and create funding for parks, open space and water quality.
M2 Mitigation Program
Learn about the habitat mitiation program in Renewed Measure M.
Fire Study

Download a copy of the 2015 FHBP Fire and Water Quality Study and its digital data!
Sustainable Development Environmental Review Committee

Endorsing urban developments that reduce greenhouse gases and vehicle miles traveled.
Safe Trails Coalition

Supporting appropriate trail use that provides safe, high quality experiences and protects natural resources.
Healthy Communities Toolkit

Get your copy of the newly released Healthy Communities Toolkit !

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