Volume 14 - No.3 - Summer 2004

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· Documents that Decieve

· Success and Setback in Trabuco Canyon

· EHL’s Work Honored by American Planning Association

· EHL Supports Revised California Gnatcatcher Listing

· EHL in the News

· Poetry by Jess Morton

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Success and Setback in Trabuco Canyon

Due to the unresponsive political structure in Orange County, EHL and other conservation groups, were forced to litigate two projects in scenic and biologically important Trabuco Canyon in southern Orange County. One suit was settled with conservation gains. The other suffered a defeat at the trial court, but will be appealed.

As originally proposed, the Saddleback Meadows project blocked a wildlife corridor and impacted two religious institutions. It was approved over the objections of the state and federal wildlife agencies, despite the County of Orange’s ostensible commitment to the Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) program. However, after years of acrimonious litigation, and with the assistance of a retired judge as mediator, the parties came together on a sound project redesign.

The Saddle Crest/Saddle Creek project would block another wildlife corridor, and was similarly approved over wildlife agency objections. It would also destroy hundreds of oak trees, and revise the general plan in damaging ways. Without a written analysis of the issues raised, the trial court denied our petition to overturn the project’s EIR. We are vigorously appealing the decision.


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