Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve to reopen in February after being closed due to wildfires – CBS Los Angeles

SILVERADO (CBSLA) – Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve will reopen to the public in February after being closed since fall 2020 due to two wildfires.

The reserve is set to reopen for Wilderness Access Day on February 5.

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OC Parks and Irvine Ranch Conservancy dedicate the newly constructed East Sinks Observation Deck in the Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Orange County Parks worked to restore the area that was burned in the Silverado and Bond fires.

“Virtually all of OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve burned in the 2020 Silverado and Bond fires, including large portions that actually burned twice. These incidents have had a significant impact on the wildlife and landscapes that are dear to so many who visit and volunteer at Limestone Canyon,” said Nick Martinico, OC Parks Park Ranger II Supervisor.

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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 deeply appreciate the patience and support of the public and now look forward to hosting activities at Limestone Canyon again beginning with our Wilderness Access Day in February.”

On reopening day, OC Parks and IRC will host Wilderness Access Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More information about the IRC and restoration efforts can be found at IRConservancy.org.

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