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CITY OF <br />F NEWPORT REACH <br />City Council Staff Report <br />November 25, 2014 <br />Agenda Item No. 9 <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />FROM: Laura Detweiler, Recreation & Senior Services Director — (949) 644 -3157, <br /> <br />PREPARED BY: Laura Detweiler <br />PHONE: (949) 644 -3158 <br />TITLE: Amendment No. 3 to Management Agreement with New Irvine Ranch Conservancy <br />for the Buck Gully Open Space Reserve <br />ABSTRACT: <br />The City of Newport Beach has maintained a Professional Services Agreement with Irvine Ranch <br />Conservancy, a private non - profit, since 2008 to provide land management services of Buck Gully. Irvine <br />Ranch Conservancy has changed their incorporation to the New Irvine Ranch Conservancy, a public non- <br />profit, which requires the City to re- assign and transfer all the land management rights and responsibilities <br />under the new title. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />Authorize Amendment No. 3 to the Management Agreement with Irvine Ranch Conservancy, a private not - <br />for- profit, and re- assign and transfer all the land management rights and responsibilities to their new <br />corporation title of New Irvine Ranch Conservancy, a public non - profit. <br />FUNDING REQUIREMENTS: <br />There is no fiscal impact related to this item. <br />DISCUSSION: <br />Buck Gully consists of approximately 300 acres of open space and a creekbed within the Orange County <br />Central Coastal Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) areas. Land within the NCCP contains <br />protected species and therefore set aside in perpetuity as mitigated land in exchange for development <br />elsewhere. NCCP lands must be managed in a specific manner to preserve their natural resources. The <br />City of Newport Beach became the property owner of Buck Gully in 2005 and is a signatory to the NCCP <br />Implementation Agreement and responsible for its land management. Rather than do this land <br />management work with City staff, the City entered into a professional services agreement with Irvine <br />Ranch Conservancy in 2008 to manage Buck Gully. As land managers they are responsible for assuring <br />the following: <br />NE <br />