Help Needed to Save 1,000 acres in Northern Escondido!
Mark Twain famously said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.”
The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) has joined with the Friends of Daley Ranch, the Palomar Audubon Society and the Endangered Habitats League, taking Mark Twain’s words to heart.
At the end of 2015, the Conservancy began the SAVE1000acres campaign by putting two 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 purchased and preserved forever, creating new nature preserves in northern Escondido where wildlife can thrive. We are also looking to preserve other areas in Northern Escondido to link these properties to Daley Ranch, Lake Wohlford and Bottle peak, creating a nine mile+ protected area for wildlife, one of the most significant preserved areas in North County!
In two and a half years, the Conservancy has received over 400 individual donations in support of the SAVE1000acres campaign. These donations help us fund option payments, appraisals, and other transaction costs. We are seeking grants and other donations to meet the sales prices: $11 million.
Our goal is to receive 1,000 individual donations by the end of the campaign. Contributions of any size, even $5, are welcome as they help us make the case to the funders and public officials that people care about conservation and want to protect North County.
With your help, we can SAVE1000acres! Donations are tax deductible.
Recent media coverage about our 1,000 Acres Campaign:
- 1/1/17, The Coast News Group, “Escondido Creek Conservancy aims to add 1,000 acres”
- 11/17/16, Valley Roadrunner, “Valleyites learn about efforts to preserve 1,000 acres of habitat”
- 10/2/16, The San Diego Union-Tribune article and video, “Greenbelt planned along Escondido Creek”