News Release


DATE: June 22, 2001

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108


Event at Daley Ranch Celebrates Recent Acquisitions for Habitat Preservation

SAN DIEGO - At noon today, Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined members of the Daley family and community representatives to celebrate recent acquisitions made in East County for the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP).

The program, initiated by Supervisor Jacob and Supervisor Pam Slater in October 1997, is recognized as a national model for preserving precious open space lands. Working with other government, environmental, and land use agencies, the County plans to assemble a preserve of 172,000 acres of contiguous habitat to protect sensitive and protected species, while allowing compatible land development to proceed.

Today's event was held to celebrate the addition of 3,500 acres once part of the Daley Ranch in Jamul. The preserve will be named after Lawrence and Barbara Daley who agreed to sell their land for the purpose of dedicated open space.

Since the inception of the plan, more than 70,000 acres in the County have been committed for preservation purposes.

Second District Supervisor Dianne Jacob who presented the Daleys with engraved walking sticks, stated,

"We can take satisfaction in knowing that our children and our children's children will have opportunities long into the future to visit this pristine setting to enjoy and learn more about precious wildlife. This is our true rural heritage. This is true conservation. I am proud to be a part of the celebration of these major acquisitions, and I look forward to other opportunities to protect our natural resources and to improve the quality of life of all our citizens."