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Cleveland National Forest Considering Elimination and Reduction of Fees

We are blessed to have a vast protected wilderness in our backyard and even more blessed to have the opportunity to explore it. From our local open spaces, to Caspers Wilderness Park, to Cleveland National Forest, the opportunities to experience natural California are endless. And thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, it may soon also [...]

OCR Article: Ranch Plan Creates South County Mountain to Sea Trail

The Orange County Register has published an article titled “Ranch development creates South County’s first mountain to sea trail” describing some of the trail linkages that are coming as a result of the Rancho Mission Viejo development. We’ve previously written about opening a Rancho Mission Viejo trail system and how the Ranch Plan promises new [...]

Rancho Carrillo: Embodying the Essence of Community in Orange County

Eight miles east of San Juan Capistrano, one might be forgiven for thinking that civilization ended at the curb of Ortega Highway. Caspers Wilderness Park extends to the north, with Cleveland National Forest beyond. Yet, as you drive past a non-descript pair of stone columns and low-slung iron gate on your right, you would be [...]

The Ranch Plan Promises New Trails and Bikeways

As you may know, Orange County has a “General Plan” that describes its long-term goals for growth and development. The General Plan is comprehensive in that it covers seven core aspects of County life: land use, transportation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety. Today, we are going to look at the impact of the [...]