If you plan on participating in an upcoming Wilderness Access Day, you’ll likely bump into the friendly face of Leland Sterbling. As an Irvine Ranch Conservancy Program Coordinator, Leland is responsible for coordinating and implementing public access programs. He also works closely with IRC volunteers to provide access to wilderness areas for public recreation, including those same areas and programs that make Wilderness Access Days possible.
In his time working with IRC, Leland has grown to be particularly fond of visiting Limestone Canyon, including the Sinks, the Dripping Springs trail and admiring the flora found on the Shoestring trail. When he’s not coordinating public access programs, you can catch Leland enjoying the surf at local beaches or with his wife, Jaime, and their 9 month old son, exploring local parks or seeking adventures in nearby mountain ranges.
With the next Wilderness Access Day coming up on November 5th, experience the beauty of Black Star Canyon and witness the important work done by Leland and other IRC members and volunteers. Visit parts of the canyon not typically open to the public, admire the beautiful plant communities and take in geological wonders like the Red Rocks. Introductory trails for families and beginners as well as more challenging options for seasoned trail users will be available, making WAD accessible for everyone. If you’re planning on attending the Black Star Canyon Wilderness Access Day, or any future WAD’s, be sure to stop and say hello to Leland and other volunteers!
To learn more about the Red Rocks and Black Star Canyon, watch the video here.
For more information about public access programs on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, visit IRConservancy.org or follow the Landmarks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.