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Irvine Co. gives 20,000 acres of open space to Orange County

Jun 30, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
The gift from Irvine Ranch developer Donald Bren, 78, completes the transfer of 50,000 acres into public hands for parks, greenways, and a recreational and wilderness preserve.

A rugged, 20,000-acre parcel of the original Irvine Ranch — a pristine landscape of steep canyons, native grassland and sycamore woodland that is home to golden eagles, mountain lions and dozens of rare and endangered species of plants and animals — became public property Tuesday in a historic deal with the developer who has sculpted the look of modern suburbia in Southern California.