Open Space

A Sharp Idea to Protect Cacti at the Great Park

image of cacti

image of cacti

The six-mile wildlife corridor currently under development in the Orange County Great Park will serve the region’s animal species – and will benefit a variety of native plants as well. Most notably, these include 2,000 pear cacti and 800 cholla cacti. Both species were discovered during the development of the Great Park Neighborhoods.

Rather than displacing the distinctive spiny green plants during construction of the wildlife corridor, a FivePoint team member came up with the innovative idea of creating a temporary cacti farm to nurture the plants until they can be fully replanted in their permanent homes.

This initiative is especially significant, as nearly one-third of the world’s cactus species face extinction, according to a global biological study.