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Managing Southern California’s Urban Wildlands

We work with landowners and partners to connect our local community with the land while protecting and restoring natural resources.
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Managing Southern California’s Urban Wildlands

We work with landowners and partners to connect our local community with the land while protecting and restoring natural resources.
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Our Goal
Protect, restore, and enhance the ecological health of urban wildlands in Southern California so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Our Programs
Our Goal
Protect, restore, and enhance the ecological health of urban wildlands in Southern California so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Our Programs

Irvine Ranch Conservancy has several programs of work aimed at protecting, restoring, and enhancing the ecological health of native wildlands that are located in close proximity to large urban populations. Southern California is home to millions of people that live close to large natural open space, creating numerous challenges for landowners. Our organization exists to help meet those challenges.

Through careful monitoring and extensive research, we gain a deeper understanding of the land and how it functions. This knowledge helps us identify and address emerging threats, such as invasive plant and animal species and too-frequent wildfires. Within the landscape, we work to restore and enhance habitat in areas that have been degraded over time.

These restoration sites are supported by native plant materials grown and harvested at our native seed farm and nurseries. Our team builds and maintains infrastructure on the land to provide safe access for landowners and their constituents. We train and manage volunteers to lead free public activities that connect the community with nature and provide opportunities for the public to access the land with minimal impact.

This comprehensive approach to land management allows us to balance the needs of the community and the land, ensuring the land can be enjoyed for generations to come.


Irvine Ranch Conservancy has several programs of work aimed at protecting, restoring, and enhancing the ecological health of native wildlands that are located in close proximity to large urban populations. Southern California is home to millions of people that live close to large natural open space, creating numerous challenges for landowners. Our organization exists to help meet those challenges.

Through careful monitoring and extensive research, we gain a deeper understanding of the land and how it functions. This knowledge helps us identify and address emerging threats, such as invasive plant and animal species and too-frequent wildfires. Within the landscape, we work to restore and enhance habitat in areas that have been degraded over time.

These restoration sites are supported by native plant materials grown and harvested at our native seed farm and nurseries. Our team builds and maintains infrastructure on the land to provide safe access for landowners and their constituents. We train and manage volunteers to lead free public activities that connect the community with nature and provide opportunities for the public to access the land with minimal impact.

This comprehensive approach to land management allows us to balance the needs of the community and the land, ensuring the land can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Our Partners and Clients

Over more than four decades, a diverse network of partners has helped protect and initiate long-term management of tens of thousands of acres of rare natural lands in Orange County. Irvine Ranch Conservancy works closely with this network on projects ranging from public recreation programs, to scientific research, to fire prevention, to habitat restoration, to trail building and maintenance.

 

Our Founding

Irvine Ranch Conservancy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded with the support of an initial major donation from Irvine Company and its Chairman Donald Bren, part of $50 million the Company has contributed more broadly for conservation and public enjoyment of the land. This investment helps guarantee that the precious natural resources found here remain cared for and enjoyed to the highest standards.

IRC Blog

Discover The Diverse Wildlife Within Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, Including The Stealthy Cooper's Hawk, Regularly Seen In Orange County's Wildlands. Learn More About These Fascinating Predators! 🦅 #CoopersHawks #WildlifeConservation
Wildlife

Discover the diverse wildlife within Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, including the stealthy Cooper's hawk, regularly seen in Orange County's wildlands. Learn more about these fascinating predators! 🦅 #CoopersHawks #WildlifeConservation

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Blog Archive

Discover the beauty and importance of coastal goldenbush within Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks - a native plant attracting pollinators and thriving in California habitats 🌼🌿 #NativePlant #PollinatorBenefits

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Chapman University's Schmid College Of Science And Technology Partners With Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC) To Research The Thermal Tolerance Of Orange County’s Native Plant Species And Climate Change Impact.🌡️🌳 #ClimateChange #Conservation
Stewardship

Chapman University's Schmid College of Science and Technology partners with Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC) to research the thermal tolerance of Orange County’s native plant species and climate change impact.🌡️🌳 #ClimateChange #Conservation

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