M2 Freeway Mitigation - Environmental Mitigation Plan Overview

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  • Environmental Mitigation Program Overview

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    Marissa Espino

    Community Relations Officer

  • Land Preservation in Orange County

    The OC Go, also known as Measure M, Freeway Environmental Mitigation Program allocates funds to acquire land and fund habitat restoration projects in exchange for streamlined project approvals for the 13 OC Go freeway improvement projects. Acquired properties are purchased and permanently preserved as open space. Funded restoration projects restore preserved open space lands to their native habitat and include the removal of invasive plant species.

    In November 2010, the Board allocated $42 million to purchase open space in Orange County during the first round of funding. To date, OCTA has acquired more than 1300 acres in Brea, Laguna Beach, Silverado Canyon, and Trabuco Canyon.

    Since 2010, a total of 12 restoration projects have been funded throughout Orange County. Approximately $10 million has been allocated to restore about 350 acres of open space land.

    Available funds will be dependent on the sales tax revenue stream in the future.

    Conservation Plan

    A conservation plan developed to protect the natural habitat and wildlife on OCTA's Preserves was finalized in spring 2017.

    In conjunction with the conservation plan, Resources Management Plans (RMP) were being developed for each acquired Preserve. These plans outline how the Preserves are protected, how they are managed, and addresses public access. RMPs for the Trabuco Rose, Wren’s View, Live Oak Creek, and Bobcat Ridge Preserves were finalized in late 2017. The RMPs for the Eagle Ridge and Pacific Horizon Preserves are expected to be completed in 2018.

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