Volume 14 - No. 1 - Winter 2004

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· Potrero Valley Saved

· San Diego River Park Takes Giant Step

· Honey Springs Ranch Added To Rancho Jamul Ecologoical Reserve

· Orange County Litigation Moves Forward

· Key Cities Join Western Riverside Habitat Plan

· Opinion Editorial Published January 11, 2004

· EHL in the News

· Poetry by Jess Morton: “Sunset”

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Honey Springs Ranch Added to Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve

The future of beautiful, oak-studded hillsides along SR 94 in southern San Diego County was in doubt until Honey Springs Ranch was purchased with state bond monies via the California Coastal Conservancy. It will be added to the magnificent Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve and become part of the Multiple Species Conservation Plan-San Diego National Wildlife Refuge complex.

Years ago, Honey Springs Ranch was approved for subdivision into estate lots, and annexed into a water district. Fortunately, this subdivision map expired. Though subsequently purchased by a developer, the Riverside Land Conservancy was able to broker a favorable acquisition for $7.4 million. Highly scenic, the 2,000-acre ranch becomes part of a much larger habitat mosaic, a highly intact representation of the original coastal sage scrub ecosystem.

The Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve

As EHL Executive Director Dan Silver said in the San Diego Union Tribune, “Honey Springs Ranch is a key piece of a magnificent assemblage of open space that preserves our coastal sage scrub in a way that 10 years ago we could only dream about happening.”

“The state Coastal Conservancy is seeing the bigger picture here,” Silver said. “They see how preservation of open space keeps watersheds healthy and our waters cleaner.”

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