20 acres adjacent to the West Face!
This amazing property is part of the incredible face of El Cap overlooking El Monte Valley and the San Diego River.
May 8th: $20,993 To raise to complete this acquisition!
You can be part of helping to SAVE EL CAP!
We have until June 15th to raise the funds.
There are 4 privately owned properties remaining in our El Cajon Mountain Conservation Area. All of them are on the Mountain's face overlooking El Monte Valley and the River.
We have reached an agreement with one of the owners to acquire a 20 acre property. It is is an once in a lifetime opportunity to conserve this property so it will be forever held for the public and wildlife.
$4000 was needed by April 1st to place this property into escrow and secure the right to purchase it. Thanks to the response of supporters of El Cap, we met this challenge.
Since then we worked with the owner to place the property into escrow to secure our right to purchase it! We have done that and now we invite you to join us to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the acquisition!
Won't you join us by making a donation today?
This property is adjacent to our new West Face Preserve.
At 157 acres, it is a significant part of the face of the beloved El Cajon Mountain (commonly known as El Cap or El Capitan). It is also near a 385 property that we recently helped to conserve and are working now to own and manage in the future.
There are many reasons to conserve this area. Here are a few:
- Foraging & nesting area for Golden Eagles
- Popular hiking and climbing areas
- Treasured view for many
- Part of the San Diego River ecosystem
RECENT SUCCESS: 157 Acre Property acquired by the River Park Foundation
Thanks to more than 180 donors, the goal of raising $19,500 was met! The first $5000 was used for a deposit to place the property in escrow on March 27, 2012. The balance of the funds were used for closing costs and associated expenses.
The County of San Diego joined in and awarded $200,000 toward the acquisition. The individual donations were critical to securing the opportunity to purchase the property and pay for many of the costs.
Our thanks to the County Board of Supervisors, Parks and Recreation Department and General Services. A special thanks to Director Brian Albright and his staff at Parks & Rec for working with us on this project and to the property owner for their patience and extra efforts to make it all possible.
Thanks to all involved this property, which we call "West Face," is now permanently conserved!
View 157 Acre Property on El Cap in a larger map
YOU CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE!
Thank You Recent Donors!
Gary & BJ Debusschere
Sally and Peter Nelson
Thia & Rod Brown
Vicki & Craig Beatty
Mary Beth Twining
Jack & Karen Simes
Ohlsson Trading Company
DONATE Now to support El Cap acquisitions!
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$1000 or more:
Donate a total of $1000 or more to this acquisition and receive the benefits of a Champion Donor plus the benefits of Conservation Society membership. Details about the Society
$500 - $999:
Get the benefits of Friend of El Cap +
Be recognized on a
donor recognition plaque to be installed on the property.
$100 - $499
Friend of El Cap
Receive a pack of commemorative El Cajon Mountain notecards
$10 - $99
Donors at this level will be invited to property dedications and other events, and be recognized on this web page (please let us know if you would like to remain anonymous)
Barbara & Norwin Rosner
Ann & Michael Sixtus
Rob Hutsel & Karen Begin
**we apologize for any errors. Please let us know so we can correct them right away!
See below for a complete list of donors to the El Cajon Mountain Conservation Area Project.
Special Opportunity: Adopt an Acre
With a donation of $1300 you can adopt an acre on El Cap! Just 3 remain in our initial release.
Adopt an Acre donations will establish a permanent operating fund to care for properties on El Cap once acquired. By being in the initial release you will help start this critical fund.
Ultimately, a goal has been set of establishing a fund sufficient to generate $10,000 annually or about $250,000. This is a great opportunity for estate and other planned gifts, too!
Donations of all amounts are appreciated. Call us for information. Thank you!
Adpt an Acre Recognition
- A special certificate with your unique acre #
- Recognition on a dedication plaque at or near the property
- A map with the location of "your" acre and information about it
Adopt an Acre Today!
1) call 619-297-7380
2) print a mail in form click here
3) Donate online $1300 or more
We are working on other conservation projects on the mountain. We will post updates as they become available.
Do you have photos or videos of El Cap? Please share them with us so we can better convey the beauty of this incredible mountain. mail photos and videos
If you would like to get involved with these efforts or want to help manage lands acquired, please let us know. Thanks!
Thank you for your Donations to the El Cajon Mountain Conservation Project!
Jim & Barb Peugh
Betty & Steve Ball
Bill & Arleen Reich
Valley Power Systems, Inc.
Allied Climbers of San Diego
Climbing & Fitness Center
Lea & Betsy Rudee
Pat Fishtein & Roland Roberge
Rick & Wendy Hardy
Sally & Peter Nelson
Jyo & Preeti Purohit
Leann Ortmann & Brian Long
Reuse Recreate Grow
George & Judith Byram
Dr. Paul Chace
Liz & Mellisa Collins & Family in memory of Leonard A. Newell
Alan & Joyce Comstock
Nora Jean Smith
Rex & Kathyrn Warburton
We sincerely apologize for any errors. Please let us know about any so we can correct them. Thank you!
Maatje Scherpenisse & Gerardus Kroon
Viejas Tribal Government
Giffen Family in memory of Rita Pavlovna Chetirkin
Debbi Dodson & Michael Meacham
Cynthia & Roderick Brown
Peter & Raydene St. Clair
Mike Pallamary in honor of Paige & Bostyn Pallamary
Susan & Bill Carter
Brian Hartley/Hartley Company Insurance Services
Marty & Cindi Offenhauer
Write It Right
Laura Turner (3!)
The Williams Family
David Urban / Green Man T-Shirts
Ophira & Diana Bergman
Seema Sueko Hirsch
John & Kathi Kennedy
Paulette & Jerry Begin
Donna & Lee Campbell
Rob Hutsel & Karen Begin
Lucy & George Franck
Jim & Karen Hodson
Armin & Rhea Kuhlman
Jim & Linda Michael
Dr. Phil Pryde
Craig Scott & Mark St. John
Kevin Burns & Kevin O-Neill
Anonymous (several) &
2 anonymous hikers!
Our tremendous thanks to the Heller Foundation of San Diego who made a grant to support this program and the work needed to identify interested landowners who are interested in selling their land and cost of negotiating and performing due dillegence on these acquisitions. Thank you!