Orange Coast magazine has released their “Best of 2015” list, selecting Irvine Ranch Conservancy for “Best Guided Hikes.” The annual list is the result of research and recommendations by Orange Coast staff and contributors, and has been a feature in the magazine since 2008. Since the majority of the Conservancy’s hikes are led by trained volunteers, this award is a reflection of their dedication and talent.
The Conservancy learned of the award through a letter and certificate from the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Martin J. Smith. The “Best of 2015” feature section is included in the July printed edition of Orange Coast, and fittingly, a Conservancy volunteer represents the organization. Long-time volunteer Virginia Webber participated in a “Q&A” interview to commemorate the award, and the interview is also available online.
While guided hikes may just seem like fun, the Conservancy sees them as a critical part in ensuring the long-term sustainability of sensitive local habitats.
“Helping visitors experience the land in fun and meaningful ways is key to long-term health of the habitat,” says Jenn Starnes, the Conservancy’s communications director. “People visit and enjoy the land, then are motivated to find ways to help preserve and improve these great open spaces for future generations.”
The Conservancy helps manage about 30,000 acres of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. To learn more, or to participate in an activity, visit http://letsgooutside.org/.