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The Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA)
manages the largest habitat conservation plan in the nation by:
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Environmental permits held by the RCA have helped improve Riverside County transportation by expediting freeway and road projects by as many as five years, saving taxpayers.

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Species Spotlight: The Burrowing Owl is Adorable and Resilient

The burrowing owl (athene cunicularia hypugaea) is arguably one of the most lovable MSHCP-protected species. Covered in brown and white feathers, this cutie is only 7-10 inches tall with giant yellow eyes that are as vivid as the sun. Despite its small stature...

Harford Springs Reserve: A Quiet Oasis

With ranch style homes, rolling hills, and horses galore, Gavilan Hills sits between Lake Mathews and Mead Valley, a short drive from Corona or Perris. Hawks frequently soar overhead, which is fitting, as “Gavilan” means “hawk” in Spanish. The community also is home...

Route 60 Truck Lanes Open in the Badlands

With the snip of a shiny purple ribbon, RCTC, Caltrans, and project partners, including the RCA, celebrated the opening of the Route 60 Truck Lanes on June 2. Under construction for about three years, the new lanes offer a safer and more efficient way to travel...

Bats, Birds, Bridges, and Horse Crossings: The 15 Express Lanes Construction Protected Habitat

RCTC’s 15 Express Lanes opened a year ago in April, providing another transportation choice for drivers in Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Norco and Corona. While on the surface the project may have appeared to focus on concrete, cones, and construction crews, this...

California Beardtongue Blooms in Western Riverside County

It's a common saying that “Perennials are the backbone of a garden.” They are dependable plants that bloom for several years. Like any garden, the western Riverside County MSHCP has a trusty perennial herb, the California beardtongue (penstemon californicus), blooming...

Norco Strives to Protect Habitat Near the Santa Ana River

With one of the largest networks of horse trails in the nation, the City of Norco has earned the nickname, Horsetown USA. Located along Interstate 15, mainly south of the Santa Ana River, the city has successfully and diligently worked to keep its equestrian and...

Every Day is Earth Day at the RCA

Earth Day is an ideal time to think about how to make the world better for future generations. At the RCA, we celebrate Earth Day every day by conserving land to protect 146 plant and animal species in western Riverside County. Since it began more than 50 years ago,...

The MSHCP Helps Protect Habitat Near Hamner Bridge in Norco

Building a bridge requires years of environmental and engineering studies, design, funding, and finally, construction. The Western Riverside County MSHCP also plays a role in project development to make sure sensitive habitat is protected near the bridge. The County...

Battling the Stinknet

You are relaxing in your garden and spy an ugly weed. Seizing your gardening gloves and a spade, you quickly remove it and keep your eyes peeled for other invaders. Similarly, on the thousands of acres of land protected by the MSHCP, the Western Riverside County RCA...

RCA and RCTC Women: Making a Difference

Case studies around the world show that when women lead in conservation efforts, indicators of success rise, according to a 2021 article about gender equality in the New York Times. The RCA and managing agency RCTC understand the value of women in the workplace and...