One initiative that protects much of the lands that make up the Landmarks is the Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP). Under the coordination of the Natural Communities Coalition (NCC), an Irvine-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the NCCP/HCP provides local governments, land managers and private landowners with a framework for protecting biological diversity on the land with a focus on ecosystem health and long-term stewardship planning. Established in 1996, the NCCP/HCP uses information gained from research and monitoring to inform restoration and preservation strategies that will ensure the health of critical native habitats and natural processes.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy works closely with landowners and land management partners including OC Parks, the City of Irvine, and the City of Newport Beach, as well as the Natural Communities Coalition, to help fulfill the initiatives of the NCCP/HCP and steward these lands to the highest possible standards, ensuring they can be enjoyed for generations to come.
For up-to-date information about NCCP/HCP projects and initiatives, sign-up for the NCC newsletter at occonservation.org. To learn more about the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, visit IRConservancy.org.