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Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Protect Orange County's Heritage in the Santa Ana Mountains

On October 2, 2007, the Orange County Board of Supervisors will be voting on a proposal to develop 12 mansions on a cultural and ecological gem in the Santa Ana Mountains.

The proposed project would consist of 12 custom equestrian estates in the area known as Holtz Ranch, a natural wildlife and cultural site that reflects Southern California circa 1900 and a gateway to the Cleveland National Forest. The southern end of the proposed site is part of a key wildlife corridor, and two of the proposed lots contain significant Juaneno Indian historical sites. Silverado Creek, federally listed as an impaired waterway, runs through the site as well.

The endangered arroyo toad has been found along Silverado Creek, and it's highly likely that arroyo toads are present on the development site. These toads are the only known population in the 2,700 square miles of the San Ana River basin, which includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Relying on flawed studies, county planning officials insist that there are no endangered toads on or near the project site and refuse to analyze or mitigate the harm the project would do to them.

Recognizing the unique ecological and cultural values of Holtz Ranch, environmentalists have successfully fought proposals for intensive development on the property for more than 30 years. Please ask the county to ensure that the special features of this place on the edge of the Cleveland National Forest aren't lost.

Get involved by ATTENDING THE UPCOMING MEETING of the Board of Supervisors and/or SENDING A LETTER OR EMAIL to the supervisors:

Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Orange County
333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., First Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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