Conservation and development of Orange County are the subjects of the UCI Libraries Fall 2016 Exhibit that opens this evening with a reception.
“Orange County is the smallest county in Southern California, yet it is the richest in public lands–we are home to over 55,000 acres of open space,” reads the event announcement. “Mountain slopes, rolling hills, coastal valleys, seaside terraces, and pristine beaches characterize the county. Yet it is no coincidence that Orange County sets aside so much land for public access. The natural and open spaces in Orange County such as Crystal Cove State Park, Irvine Ranch Open Space Preserve, the Laguna Greenbelt, and various regional parks make up a tapestry of land moved from private ownership, preserved by citizen groups, mandated by state and federal laws, and set aside as natural spaces for the protection of wildlife and the increased quality of life of its residents.”
Speakers during the 6:30-8:30 p.m. event at Langson Library are: Milan Mitrovich, science coordinator, Natural Communities Coalition; Michael O'Connell, executive director, Irvine Ranch Conservancy; and professor Travis E. Huxman, director of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Environmental Biology, UCI Sustainability Initiative.
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