Laguna Beach Mag February 2013 : Page 41

LB INDY Jeanie bernstein at a peace protest at Main beach its open space treasures,” says Derek Ostensen, president of Laguna Canyon Foundation. “Years later, I learned that a large amount of Laguna Beach’s open space remained in private hands and [was] potentially susceptible to development. I began working with Scott Ferguson and Laguna Canyon Foundation to acquire the remaining open space for the public and restore it back to pristine condition. That was 10 years ago and at this point we’ve been able to preserve many open space properties on our ‘high-priority’ list. It has been a lot of hard work, but together—wow! So much has been achieved.” Since its establishment in 1990, the Laguna Canyon Foundation, formed by environmental activists Mary Fegraus, Michael Pinto, Elisabeth Brown and Carolyn Wood, helped create the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park that is now part of a 22,000-acre regional open space. Mary, who was executive director of the foundation for 17 years, encourages others to get involved: “Activism takes many forms—not everyone is a leader—some can volunteer, others donate funds, others participate in a combination of ways.” In 1994, there was another uprising, and Mark was once again involved. He spearheaded an effort to prevent a toll road from being constructed through Laguna Canyon. Mark was joined by other activists such as Jeanie Bernstein, a protestor for peace often found holding anti-war signs at Main Beach, who actually chained herself to a bulldozer. While the toll road was eventually built, the activists did cause significant delays in the project. JODY TIONGCO Mark chamberlain laguna beach MagaZIne february 2013 41

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