The preserved open spaces on The Irvine Ranch are prized for their beauty, environmental importance and public accessibility. They have been designated a Natural Landmark by both the U.S. Department of the Interior and the State of California. Stretching 22 miles from the mountains of the Cleveland National Forest to the Pacific Coast, the open spaces contain critical habitat for rare and endangered plants and animals and are a welcome respite for people who enjoy the outdoors. From a quiet walk or hike in a shady canyon, to a strenuous mountain bike ride on a rocky trail, the land invites people of all ages to reconnect with nature.
The Irvine Ranch is teeming with wildlife: birds, deer, bobcats, mountain lions, and many other native creatures great and small are found in abundance.
More than half a century ago, William Pereira, the urban planner and architect who created The Irvine Ranch master plan, wrote: “Master planning is not only a matter of deciding what is built on the land, but what is not.” Irvine Company never forgot his words, and under Chairman Donald Bren’s leadership, conservation reached new levels, culminating in more than nearly 57,500 acres being preserved and protected forever. The company considers the land a precious, nonrenewable resource that must be protected. This deeply held principle has brought, and will continue to bring, immeasurable benefits to nature and people from all walks of life and interests, including nature lovers, recreationists, and those who simply enjoy the beauty of the preserved lands.