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


Recent News

Plan Adopted, Lands Protected Forever
The Orange County Transportation Authority unanimously approved the proposed Conservation Plan which focuses on the permanent protection of 1300 acres of natural lands and restoration of nearly 400. Great job to the Environmental Coalition, Resource Agencies and OCTA for a job well done.

OCTA Approves Conservation Plan
After the Environmental Oversight Committee and the Highways Committee both recommended approval of the Conservation Plan and environmental documents the OCTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the item on Monday, November 28th. Thanks to Senator Bates and the Resource Agencies for participating.

Residents Concerned About Encampments
Talbert Park has seen an increase in the homeless taking up residence in the park. Settlements appear abandoned during the day while they search for food, but the park has become a magnet for crime as more people set up encampments.

Temperature Extremes Seen Globally
While Siberia is known to be cold, it was so cold (minus 33 degrees) that officials had to close down the schools. Interestingly, while Siberia was under this massive cold front, the North Pole was experiencing warmer than usual temperatures (near melting temperatures).

Toll Road Settlement Reached
A settlement agreement between the Save San Onofre Coalition and the Transportation Corridor Agencies ended five lawsuits and forever preserves San Onofre, the San Mateo Creek watershed, (including the famous surfing site: Trestles), the Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy, and ancient Native American village of Panhe.

Banning Ranch Developer Sues Coastal Commission
In addition to suing the Coastal Commission for rejecting its project, the developers of the Newport Banning Ranch site are asking for $460 million in damages. Commissioners favored a less intense development.

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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!
2016 Conservation Coalition

Join the 2016 Conservation Coalition supporting innovative environmental policies that protect natural lands in Southern California.
Safe Trails Coalition

Supporting appropriate trail use that provides safe, high quality experiences and protects natural resources.
Park Study

Get a copy of the newly released Park Study that offers more than a dozen ways to improve park access and provide nature experiences for the public.

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