Representatives of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park are delighted with a 172-acre donation of land to the park system by the Irvine Co. The parcel is part of a huge, 20,000-acre donation of land, most of it located in eastern Orange County — including Black Star Canyon and Santiago Canyon — which was handed over to Orange County officials on June 29.
The 172-acre Laguna Laurel parcel is located east of Laguna Canyon Road, adjacent to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, which includes parts of Laguna Beach. The parcel will become part of the wilderness park.
"We laud Donald Bren and the Irvine Co. for their generous gift of 20,000 acres to the people of Orange County," said Laguna Canyon Foundation Board President Don Vivrette. "This open space will provide essential habitat for wildlife as well as expanded recreational, research and educational opportunities. The addition of 172 acres to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park continues the process that began when we founded Laguna Canyon Foundation nearly 20 years ago. We look forward to continuing our partnership with OC Parks in supporting the South Coast Wilderness."