SILVERADO (CBSLA) – Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve will reopen to the public in February after being closed since the fall of 2020 due to two forest fires.
The reserve is set to reopen for Wilderness Access Day on February 5th.
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The Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Orange County Parks have been working to restore the area that was burned in the Silverado and Bond fires.
“Almost the entire OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve burned in the Silverado and Bond fires in 2020, including large parts that actually burned twice. These incidents greatly affected the wildlife and landscapes that are so close to many people’s hearts, as visit and volunteer at Limestone Canyon, “said Nick Martinico, OC Park’s Supervising Park Ranger II.
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“We observed this closure to allow a rest period for wildlife, time for habitat regrowth and to rebuild infrastructure,” he continued. “We greatly appreciate the patience and support of the public and are now eager to once again host activities in Limestone Canyon, starting with our Wilderness Access Day in February.”
On the reopening day, OC Parks and IRC will host Wilderness Access Day from 6 p.m. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More information about IRC and the restoration efforts can be found at IRConservancy.org.
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