SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB
DATE: January 14, 2009
CONTACT: Jennifer Stone (619) 531-4766
COUNTY EXPANDS VOLCAN MOUNTAIN PRESERVE
JULIAN – The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the Volcan Mountain Preserve Foundation to add more than 467 acres of environmentally-sensitive land to the Volcan Mountain Preserve.
"This partnership between the County of San Diego, The Nature Conservancy and the Volcan Mountain Preserve Foundation demonstrates our shared commitment to preserve open space and provide recreational opportunities for future generations to enjoy,” said Vice Chairwoman, Dianne Jacob, County of San Diego Board of Supervisors for District 2.
The acquisition will increase the County’s ownership within the Volcan Mountain Preserve to more than 2,900 acres. To fund the acquisition cost of 206 acres for $1.78 million, the County utilized grant and county funds that was set aside to purchase the land in the Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSCP) and $200,000 of State Habitat Conservation Funds. The remaining 261 acres were purchased by The Volcan Mountain Preserve Foundation.
This property will be part of the future East County MSCP, a countywide initiative to protect rare, threatened or endangered species by creating a network of large, interconnected preserve areas. Volcan Mountain provides premier habitat for mule deer, mountain lions, bobcats, gray foxes and many other native California wild animal and plant species.
The Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for land operations and is in the process of developing a long-term management program that will allow public access to multi-use trails, while preserving the sensitive habitat for native species.