Decision Point #6: A Gift of Open Space

Irvine Company’s decision to preserve 60% of The Irvine Ranch resulted in one of the largest dedications of private land in California history. It permanently protects 57,500 acres of natural wonders, like the sandstone cliffs of Limestone Canyon (seen here) and delicate ecosystems of Bommer Canyon. It is the only land ever to receive both the California State and United States National Natural Landmark designation.

“This decision illustrates what cooperative conservation is all about,” former U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton said. “A conservation-minded corporate citizen working hand-in-hand with other partners to thoughtfully create an environment where both people and wildlife can thrive.”

These dedicated open spaces are now held in public hands, available for discovery and enjoyment by Californians forever.