City Spotlight: The Lemon Capital of the World

Nov 29, 2023 | City Spotlight, MSHCP

Once dubbed the Lemon Capital of the World, the City of Corona has a rich agricultural history. More than 489 packers and 650 pickers were employed at its height in packing houses and groves throughout Corona in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The soil was perfect for growing lemons and other citrus crops. While the citrus grove landscape of Corona has changed over the years, its residents and economy continue to thrive.

The City of Corona is centrally located between Orange and San Bernardino counties. The City is nestled between the Cleveland National Forest and Chino Hills State Park, which makes it an important location for migrating animals such as mountain lions. Along the Santa Ana River, Corona is home to the western spadefoot and Stephen’s kangaroo rat. Just outside the city limits in the Cleveland National Forest, land is conserved for the purple martin and tree swallows

Due to its location, Corona has experienced tremendous growth, and with that comes the need for transportation infrastructure. The MSHCP was instrumental in helping RCTC and the City of Corona move important projects, such as the newly constructed 15/91 Express Lanes Connector Project and the 71/91 interchange, which is under construction. Through the MSHCP streamlining process, projects do not have to go through an arduous environmental review process under the Endangered Species Act. The MSHCP can make the permitting and mitigation identification process faster, allowing high priority projects to move forward.

The City of Corona is a permittee under the MSHCP and, as such, aims to protect 610 acres established as part of the MSHCP. As of the end of 2021, the City has supported the conservation of 367 Additional Reserve Land under the MSHCP. Due to their participation in the MSHCP, the City of Corona has received more than $45 million in Measure A funding as a permittee.