San Diego County, California

Help Needed to Save 1,000 acres in Northern Escondido!

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Mark Twain famously said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.”

We are thrilled to announce that we are taking Mark Twain’s words to heart. At the end of 2015, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) was able to put two new properties into escrow: the 694-acre Mountain Gate property in the Hidden Meadows area, and the 282-acre John Henry Ranch near Lake Wohlford. At one time approximately 147 homes were proposed for Mountain Gate, and in recent years there were attempts to develop the John Henry Ranch. Instead, with your help, the properties can be instead purchased and preserved forever, creating new nature preserves in northern Escondido where wildlife can thrive. We are also in discussions with the owner of another property in this area whose land, if also acquired, would link all these properties to Daley Ranch, Lake Wohlford and Bottle peak, creating one of the most significant protected areas in North County!

TECC has less than three years to close escrow on these properties, but we must decide by the end of 2016 if there is sufficient community support to proceed or risk losing our deposits. Immediate contributions towards these projects will help us fund option payments, appraisals, and other transaction costs. We are seeking grants and other funds to meet the sales prices, which total $11.55 million. If we can make significant progress towards our 2016 fundraising goal of $300,000, we will feel confident in this support and continue the work to protect these important properties.


  1. Click on the Donate button above–the one with the heart–and select your method of payment, or
  2. Contact us at 760-471-9354, or
  3. Email us at

With your help, we can save these properties! Donations are tax deductible. 

See photo galleries of Mountain Gate and John Henry properties









 See Save 1000 Acres in the Spring 2016 Newsletter

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