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Key South Rim Acquisition

Photo from the South Rim of the Upper San Diego River

March 15, 2018

It is official! Thanks to the support of so many, we have now completed the acqusition!

Thank you to our Wildlife Club members and all the wonderful supporters who responded to our call for funds, you raised the funds needed to complete the purchase.

The property is located off Eagle Peak Road near Julian and Pine Hills.
General Location - Google Map


More than a decade ago, we identified the importance of conserving open space along and near to Eagle Peak Road. Since then we have completed the acquisition of more than 20 parcels! There are many additional parcels which if developed would put the important Upper San Diego River Gorge ecosystem in jeopardy. Many of these lots are very small (less than 2 acres). Creating access roads to them across public lands would threaten the scenic and biological integrity of the Upper River Gorge.

Thank you for if you have previously joined with us to conserve the source of the River and acquire open space so that it remains open for generations to come.

A gift of any amount is greatly appreciate and needed to support future acquisition efforts! We hope you will consider donating. Thank you!

For other donation options, click here
For donation appreciation opportunities, click here

    Reasons To Conserve This Land
  • Stunning Vistas
  • Key Wildlife Corridor for large mammals (regionally significant)
  • Protects Trail Opportunities
  • Could be on the market for development
  • Helps protect the Upper San Diego River Gorge ecosystem
  • Private holdings surrounded by proposed Wilderness area in Cleveland National Forest
  • Adjacent to San Diego River Park Foundation lands

    Saving Temescal Creek - San Diego River Park Foundation from Jim Karnik Films on Vimeo.

    Will you join us? Please consider donating $20 or more.

You can also join us on a future hike or outing to the area. Contact us via email to let us know of your interest.


$10 - $99: Receive an invitation to a future dedication open house and be listed on this website (if desired).

$100 - $499: Receive a packet of 3 conservation cards plus above.

$500 - $999: Be recognized on a donor appreciation bench at Eagle Peak Ranch plus on website (if desired) and invitation to a future open house.

$1000 - $4999: Be recognized on the property dedication sign plus on the website (if desired) and open house invitation as well as invitation to join the River Park Foundation's Conservation Society for one year (or extension of one year if current member).

$5000+: Receive prominent recognition on the Dedication Sign plus website (if desired) and open house invitation and an invitation to join the River Park Foundation's Conservation Society for one year (or extension of one year if current member).

Happy Trails for now and forever!


Current Projects

  • Portal Acquisition in the Eagle Peak Conservation Area
    Funds Raised to complete acquisition of several parcels within our South Rim Focus Areas totalling about 40 acres. The property is adjacent to a proposed Wilderness Area within the Cleveland National Forest. Its development would have a significant impact.

    Donate Now

    More information

  • Final Property on El Cajon Mountain

    After years of work, just one privately owned property remains within our El Cajon Moutain Conservation area. We have set a goal of raising $25,000 to purchase the property if it becomes available. At this time, the owner has not agreed to sell the property at a value we can support. We will continue to continue to contact the owner on a regular basis to see if we can come to terms.


  • Boulder Creek Conservation in the Eagle Peak Conservation Area

    Fisherman's Camp is on Boulder Creek, one of the major tributaries of the San Diego River. We continue to work to restore the Creek and make improvements to the property to support it as a Education and Research Field Station. In the meantime, we are currently exploring opportunities to acquire additional properties to protect the Creek as well as other Creeks to the south.

Your donation of $20, $40 or more can make a difference in protecting these lands!
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For more information on any of these projects or other ways to get involved, contact our CEO Rob Hutsel or call (619) 297-7380.



Special thanks to the
Wildlife Club

Click here to learn more

$100 and above
Patrick O'Neil
Linda Aurora Espino
Rob Hutsel, Karen Begin & Alex
Julia Colpitts
Liz Doroski
Marilyn Gibbs
Karen Follingstad
Stephen Haase
Glenn Perelson
Howard Lange
Victoria Mature
Wheatley Family Foundation Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Susan and Bill Carter
Margaret Elizondo
Ryan Gittins
Richard Martin
James Marich
Jeremy Tuler
Gary Mitrovich
Charles Simmons
Kai Johnson
Stuart Robinson
Lisa Ross
Robert Burkett
Bonnie Sipe
Alexandra Garmon
Glenn Little
Julie Hocking & Jim Baross, Jr.
Larry Zimmerman
Terri Johnson
Jack McGrory

Up to $100
Susan Laddon
Christine Dahlke
Laura Dick
E M Shelfield
Patrick Jelsema
Leslie LaForest
Carolyn Plou
Anonymous (multiple)
eπ Maps
James Carlyle
Clark Mgt. Co.
Allyson Wellborn
Madeline King
Richard Bagnell
Douglas Coe
Neil Meyer
Angel Massingale
Brian Hartley
John Kennedy
Cindy Nelson
M D McKirnan - A tribute to Gary Strawn's work on the SD River
Jerry Hughes
Donald Hill
Thomas Cottrell
Dave Brown Coaching
William Marshall
Jim Lamm
Mathieu Gregoire
Kathleen Keehan
Keith Larson
Mathew Kaplan
Susan Cardinal
Dawn Schmid
Claudia Rhodes
Charlotte Roberts
Jean Kaiwi
Marti Kranzberg
Kathryn Riley
Marie Freitas
Kiley Barnhorst MacDonald
Mark Poehner
Patricia Ray
Michael Golden
Maureen Ostrye
Gay Meyer
David & Jean Etonia
Elizabeth Vinas
Stanley P. Cook
Marsha MacDonald
Cary Lowe
Katherine Stahl
Jeffrey Mason
David Hamrah

Final Update:
Feb. 14, 2018

Total donation is shown for those that gave multiple gifts. Pledges are also shown.

* We sincerely apologize for any errors. Please let us know so we can correct them. Thanks to a supporter, 100% of your donation goes to the direct cost of purchasing this land.

Any additional proceeds will first go to add $600 in the Eagle Peak Endowment Fund to pay the taxes and insurance of the property going forward. Any remaining funds will remain in our land acquisition fund and be used for a future Save the Source priority. All donors will be recognized for their gift to this effort. Of course, if you would like your gift to be anonymous, just let us know. Thank you!

Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
EIN 01-0565671



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