This proposal is to consider the acquisition of 385± acres of land by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) as an expansion of the San Felipe Wildlife Area as part of a cooperative project with The Nature Conservancy. The property, situated within the headwater of the San Dieguito River watershed, will provide a major landscape linkage between the Wildlife Area and other protected reserves in the area, a long-term conservation effort by a coalition of public agencies and private non-profit corporations. In 1995, the Wildlife Conservation Board approved the initial San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area acquisition, consisting of 566± acres, together with a 200± acre donation. Additional acquisitions have increased the total acreage of the Wildlife Area to 8,572± acres.
The property provides a habitat link between the southern boundary of the Wildlife Area and the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, San Dieguito Valley Regional Open Space Park, and Volcan Mountain Foundation Preserve. The high quality habitats contained on the property support numerous California Species of Special Concern including the cooper's halk, ferruginous hawk, golden eagle, loggerhead shrike, long-eared owl, and sharp-shinned hawks, American badger, California pocket mouse, little pocket mouse, Los Angeles pocket mouse, Townsend's big-eared bat, western mastiff bat, and mountain lion.
California Department of Fish and Game
The Wildlife Area is well known in southern California for hunting, wildlife viewing and wildlife research. Located adjacent to existing DFG, Bureau of Land Management and County of San Diego owned lands, the subject property will provide additional habitat and species diversity, as well as potential increased public access opportunities for additional wildlife dependent recreation, education and research activities on the Wildlife Area. The DFG proposes to manage the property as an expansion of the existing wildlife area.
Acquisition Fee Title
Complete and Fully Paid