Laguna Greenbelt, Incorporated (LGI) is an active non-profit organization founded in 1968
to preserve the open space bordering the City of Laguna Beach, California and comprising
Sycamore Hills and five canyons: Aliso, Wood, El Toro, Laguna and Morro. LGI has worked
both with and against local governments and private corporations in order to minimize
land development of the designated greenbelt. The records include correspondence, legal
papers, organizational publications, printed items, environmental impact reports, visual
materials and minutes which document the origins and evolution of LGI in its first twenty years. The collection chronicles
activities and evolving philosophies of LGI and its
members, and it illustrates aspects of Orange County social and political history.
The biographical/historical note is a brief introduction to the
organization and its early years. It is based on information in the records and an
unpublished description written by Joanna Brand.
Laguna Greenbelt, Incorporated (LGI) is a nonprofit environmental organization, founded
in 1968 and incorporated in 1970. LGI's projects and strategic goals revolve around the
environs of Laguna Beach, California. The organization seeks to preserve 10,000 acres of
land for a greenbelt around the city. A greenbelt entails land set aside for agriculture,
recreational parks or reserved open space and specifically excludes commercial
development. LGI defines Laguna Greenbelt as Sycamore Hills, a land parcel vegetated with
mature sycamore trees, and five canyons: Aliso, El Toro, Laguna, Morro and Wood. LGI has
initiated and participated in local, regional and state-wide preservation efforts.
Working both with and against municipal governments and commercial enterprises, it has
promoted and opposed myriad projects affecting the environment.
This chronology of events relating to LGI and its activities is
based on local and regional newspaper clippings within the collection and is not intended
to be either definitive or comprehensive.
10.8 linear feet (27 boxes and 2 oversize folders)
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