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State's 1st Natural Landmark Recognized in Irvine

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Yesterday, in another timely Earth Day announcement, Governor Schwarzenegger announced California's first natural landmark in Orange County. 40,000 acres of the Irvine Ranch may be recognized with the title, but it does not mean the land is protected or open to the public. Rather, it is to help bring awareness to the land and focus on long-term public preservation.

With summer coming, more people will be heading outdoors. Yes, Yosemite may be five hours away, but the areas surrounding and within Los Angeles are under-explored by its residents. From upcoming home garden tours to National Park Service units within minutes (literally) of the majority of LA denizens, it's time to say hello to nature.

"Governor Declares Irvine Land as First State Natural Landmark" by Susan Valot on KPCC

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