Volume 14 - No. 1 - Winter 2004

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· Potrero Valley Saved

· San Diego River Park Takes Giant Step

· Honey Springs Ranch Added To Rancho Jamul Ecologoical Reserve

· Orange County Litigation Moves Forward

· Key Cities Join Western Riverside Habitat Plan

· Opinion Editorial Published January 11, 2004

· EHL in the News

· Poetry by Jess Morton: “Sunset”

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Orange County Litigation Moves Forward

On January 30, 2004, EHL and other conservation and community groups filed the opening brief in our litigation against the County of Orange over its approval of the Saddle Crest/Saddle Creek development project. This development would, according to state and federal wildlife agencies, cut off wildlife movement between central and southern Orange County for the California gnatcatcher.

Located in the Trabuco Canyon area, the property consists of scenic foothills with important oak woodland resources. The approved project would preclude connectivity between Natural Community Conservation Plan reserves and impact hundreds of mature oaks. The protections of the Foothill Trabuco Specific Plan – the General Plan provisions for the area – were significantly amended to make way for the project. Our litigation challenges inconsistencies with the General Plan and deficient review under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.

EHL is represented by Johnson and Sedlack, and is working with Rural Canyons Conservation Fund, Sierra Club, California Native Plant Society, and California Oak Foundation.


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