2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 23 Dec 2005 05:09:51 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Former Trabuco Range (CA)
Tred carefully these trails
Outdoor enthusiasts are advised to watch out for unexploded ordnance in
the park. 

The Orange County Register (CA)
December 22, 2005 

Dig deep enough in parts of Rancho Santa Margarita and you might find
fossils of prehistoric shellfish. Bones of mammoths or saber-tooth cats.
Grinding stones carved out by the ancient Acjachemen.

And unexploded ordnance.

Aircraft rockets. Practice bombs. Rocket warheads.

It's no secret that 1,800 acres in what is now part of Rancho, Las
Flores and O'Neill Regional Park was a practice bombing range for El
Toro Marines from 1944-1956. Hundreds of sorties were flown over the
area. Tens of thousands of practice bombs, with spotting charges to
allow flight crews to check their accuracy, were dropped.


For the entire column, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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