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Monday, September 10, 2007

204 Acres Added to San Diego River Park Within National Forest Boundary


Largest Donation in Our History Received!

The San Diego River Park Foundation has received a donation of 204 acres to add to Eagle Peak Preserve. This donation has a current value of more than $800,000! The property was donated by a local Charitable Remainder Trust who wanted to make sure this land would be protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

We applaud the donor and this incredible commitment to the preservation of San Diego's threatened natural environment. Thank you for your generosity and support of the River Park!

Join us on October 21st for a hike and tour of the Preserve. Details will be in the October ENews.

Eagle Peak Preserve is one of those special places, perhaps not seen enough, that can be transformational for many. It is a place of rare beauty that is matched by its natural, recreational and cultural resources. The idea for Eagle Peak Preserve came before the devastating Cedar Fire of 2003 when a "For Sale" sign was found along the side of the road to the trailhead known as "Saddleback." Was this land really privately owned? Was it possible to really build on this land? Yes and Yes. This land is what is called a "private in-holding" within the Cleveland National Forest. This piece of land is bordered on three sides by the public lands of the National Forest. Eagle Peak Preserve consists of more than 300 acres of land. Our goal is to acquire 600 acres of what is was once the Marks Ranch. The Marks Ranch is an area that was originally homesteaded around 1880. It has a rich history of ranching and life stretching over many decades. For thousands of years before this, the land was important as a processing village site for native americans.




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