In August 2014, Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren announced that an additional 2,500 acres of pristine land on The Irvine Ranch was being permanently preserved as open space. The land, near the cities of Orange and Anaheim, had been fully entitled for as many as 5,500 new homes. But in a dramatic expansion of previous land gifts, Mr. Bren instead directed the land’s transfer to public ownership – a move that increased the permanently protected open space on the ranch to 57,000 acres, or 60% of the historic ranch. The gift created a vast interconnected network of canyons, and represented yet another tangible symbol of Mr. Bren’s abiding love of the land and his strong conservation leadership. And it created new opportunities for people to enjoy the beautiful natural resources on The Irvine Ranch … forever.