Aliso Canyon Land Acquisition

The Aliso Canyon acquisition builds on decades of strategic conservation acquisitions which have consolidated thousands of acres of sensitive habitat.




Acquisition Date: May 2015 | Size of Acquisition: 150 acres | Cost of Acquisition: $2,200,000

The purchase of the 150 acre +/- Aliso Canyon property builds on decades of strategic conservation acquisitions which have consolidated thousands of acres of sensitive habitat and public land holdings in coastal Orange County. The property was one of the last private open space properties bordering Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and its acquisition preserves critical habitat, special-status species and a vital wildlife corridor within the South Coast Wilderness. Notably, acquisition of the Aliso Canyon property builds on two recent acquisitions of significant importance to the South Coast Wilderness and regional natural resource values. After years of effort, the contiguous 96-acre Pacific Triangle and 75-acre Driftwood Estates properties were preserved in 2010 and 2011, resulting in the preservation of an array of special-status species and sensitive plant communities. Purchase of the Aliso Canyon property greatly expands the benefits of these two previous acquisitions and completes the “missing link” of a a long-coveted coastal habitat and wildlife linkage to Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and the broader 22,000 acre South Coast Wilderness. The property was purchased by the Orange County Transportation Authority under its Measure M2 Environmental Program, in coordination with Laguna Canyon Foundation, the City of Laguna Beach and wildlife agencies.