The Friends currently have two parcels in their sights, totaling almost 400 acres. The parcels are located southeast of the Preserve, adjacent to BLM land and the Rancho Guejito. Protecting these open spaces is critical. Wildlife travels through Rancho Guejito and into the Preserve looking for food and mates, and we need to protect this bottleneck so we can protect the biodiversity of the area.
Our goal is to raise $3 million to purchase this land and begin an endowment for management.
Learn more about why this land is so special:
Map of parcels we will purchase:
Why do we need to protect more land?
Hellhole Canyon Preserve is owned by San Diego County Parks and Recreation. The Friends organization works to expand and promote recreation of the Preserve.
Our organization has added 266 acres to the Preserve, which now totals over 2023 acres. We identify key parcels for acquisition based on a few factors:
- Proximity to the Preserve
- Ecological importance
It is an extraordinary natural resource that must be safeguarded for the enjoyment and inspiration of present and future generations. When we acquire parcels, we are protecting them from future development and that helps keep our community wild.
Even though some of the parcels we acquire may seem small, they are critical in forming a corridor of open space where wildlife can move freely.
Expansion will protect the Preserve’s biological integrity and extend important habitats for sensitive or endangered species. Click here to learn more about the importance of protecting the wildlife corridor.
We can't do this without your help. If you believe in our mission, please consider donating to our campaign to make it a reality.
To donate to our capital campaign, please mail a check of any amount with "capital campaign" in the memo line to:
PO Box 221
Valley Center, CA 92082
Or, donate securely via Paypal:
Your donation is fully tax deductible and we will send you an IRS approved letter at year-end documenting your donation. Thank you!