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OCTA’s Preserves Are for Conservation, Not Recreation

If you’re planning to join one of OCTA’s hosted hikes or rides, here’s an important thing to know: OCTA’s wilderness Preserves are different from recreational parks.

OCTA has acquired more than 1,300 acres in Brea, Laguna Beach, Silverado Canyon, and Trabuco Canyon. In addition, a total of 12 restoration projects has resulted in 350 acres of restored open space. These projects are funded through OC Go, also known as Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

OCTA keeps these wilderness areas beautiful by permanently protecting the wildlife and native plant habitats. With State and Federal guidance, OCTA developed a Conservation Plan. That Conservation Plan allows only minimal recreational activities like hiking, jogging, bird watching, mountain biking and horseback riding on a limited basis. Those activities cannot increase the risk of wildlife disturbance, potential habitat destruction, and wildfire.

To make sure these beautiful open spaces remain as they are for this generation and the next, OCTA manages access to assure the land will remain beautiful forever. There will never be a single house or road built on the Preserves.

Watch the video below to see how this protected wilderness differs from a recreational park, and then visit a Preserve. Sign up for a hike or ride and learn more about the Preserves here.