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February 28, 2017 
Aerial Hydromulching Taking Place March 2

On Thursday, March 2, the County of Orange / OC Parks will provide aerial hydromulch and seeding application to a 5-acre landslide area within the Los Trancos section of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The specific area for this project is east of Newport Coast Drive and south of Pelican Hill Road / Ocean Ridge Drive.

Hydromulching, or hydroseeding, is a planting process that involves spraying a mix of seed and mulch. It is often used as an erosion control technique rather than the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed. The seed mix will consist of native plants common to the area and will assist with reducing erosion with native plant restoration within the landslide area. The project will use a Bell helicopter, hydromulch mixing truck, support vehicle and trailer, as well as a hydromulch spreader bucket.

The work should take no more than one day and will be postponed if rain occurs.

We ask for the public’s cooperation to stay out of the area during that time.

Click "Read More" for a map of the affected area.


June 30, 2014 
Improved Emerald Canyon Trail Now Open

News ImageWith the help of non-profit organizations, members of the public and community groups, OC Parks has re-opened the Emerald Canyon Trail. The trail was closed due to extensive damage sustained after heavy rains in 2010. The trail reconstruction included constructing a 60-foot bridge over a landslide area.


January 18, 2017 
Wet Weather Brings Trail Closures

During and after rain, check the Alerts page for information about current trail closures, which may last up to three days following significant rain.


September 29, 2016 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 6

The clocks fall back early Nov. 6, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter, and wilderness parks close at sunset.


August 19, 2016 
OC Parks Mobile App Now Available

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The OC Parks mobile application is now available to download. The new app makes it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer.

Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.

The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more.


August 11, 2016 
Google Trekkers Hit the Trails in OC Parks

News ImageStarting in August, hikers will be collecting imagery of Orange County trails using the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. The Trekker automatically gathers images as it goes. Later the imagery will be stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you see today in Google Maps.


December 4, 2015 
Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer in OC Parks Trees

The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) is an invasive beetle that attacks common native and landscape trees, leading to branch dieback and overall decline. This can have a devastating effect on local trees, and you may see some being treated or removed in County parks.


February 9, 2015 
Invasive Pest Found in Orange County

Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), an invasive beetle that has killed thousands of oak trees in San Diego and Riverside counties in a short span of time, has now been detected in Orange County. The GSOB was discovered in approximately 60 trees on County park land in northern Orange County. Since GSOB is transported in oak firewood, it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area.


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