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City Investigating Unauthorized Trail Cut into Buck Gully Reserve

On Sunday, March 30, 2019, City of Newport Beach (City) officials discovered an unauthorized trail cut into the southern canyon face of Buck Gully Reserve nearest the Poppy Avenue trailhead. The Buck Gully Reserve is owned and managed by the City and consists of over 300 acres of lush wilderness and serves as home to numerous federally and state protected animals and plants. It is also part of the Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan, which identifies and provides for the regional protection of plants, animals, and their habitats.
The City has taken immediate action to secure the unauthorized trail and initiated an ongoing investigation. Given the protected designation of Buck Gully, multiple authorities have been notified including California Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Communities Coalition, the County of Orange and the California Coastal Commission. The area has been documented using drone footage and photographs, which are being analyzed to assess the damage. Once the investigation is complete, the City will work with each agency to discuss how to proceed with enforcement and restoration of this precious habitat. The community can assist in the City’s efforts by staying out of the unauthorized trail area for their safety and habitat preservation.

To learn more about the Buck Gully Reserve, the rules and regulations of use, and how you can help protect this natural resource, visit the City’s website at

For more information, contact the City of Newport Beach, Recreation and Senior Services Department at 949-644-3151.



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