land acquisition

Nonprofit Raises Funds for Hellhole Canyon Purchase

VALLEY CENTER —- Gnarled fingers of oak and manzanita, blackened by the Paradise fire, are making way for a new generation of greenery this spring in Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve —- 1,712 acres of spirited terrain east of Valley Center.

Horned lizards, coyotes and even mountain lions have returned home to the place that earned its name, some say, because summers in the preserve’s rugged hills and canyon are "as hot as you know where."