TPA congratulates the City of Laguna Beach (a TPA client) for being awarded a $500,000 grant from the California River Parkways Grant Program, administered by the California Natural Resources Agency, for the Dewitt Property Habitat Restoration Project.
The proceeds from this grant will help to restore the five-acres of riparian habitat known as the DeWitt parcel. The restoration project is a collaboration among the City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Canyon Foundation, and the Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. The funded project will complete three major renovations: First: the removal of invasive species from the Laguna Canyon Creek combined with planting of native species and trees; next: the addition of five interpretive signs that will educate the reader on the history of the Creek, its riparian habitat, and the impact humans have on the natural environment; and finally: the creation of a nature trail that connects the creek to a wildflower meadow, thus formalizing its connection to the trailhead access for the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park.
This latest achievement is another example of the efforts by the leadership of the City to protect vital natural resources and improve the quality of life for their residents. It’s also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by TPA Associate Gary Rogers and TPA Associate Eric O’Donnell to ensure a successful grant application.
Congratulations, Laguna Beach!