February 25, 2024
Part of the Proctor Valley property that was simply bought by the conservation teams. Courtesy Laura Benedict of The Nature Conservancy.

Practically 1,300 acres of property in Proctor Valley have been purchased by conservancy teams, saving that land from potential improvement and habitat fragmentation that will have threatened a number of uncommon species endemic to San Diego.

The Nature Conservancy, the California Division of Fish and Wildlife, the California Wildlife Conservation Board, and the USA Fish and Wildlife Service labored collectively to amass roughly 1,291 acres of in an space adjoining to the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve and the San Diego Nationwide Wildlife Refuge.

The bundle of land that was up for potential improvement would have threatened the uncommon, biodiverse coastal sage scrub habitat that hosts the Quino checkerspot butterfly, the San Diego fairy shrimp, the coastal California gnatcatcher, and the golden eagle.

That property efficiently hyperlinks and connects the reserve to the refuge conservation space. It will likely be owned and managed by the state Division of Fish and Wildlife as an enlargement of the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve. The acquisition is an element of a bigger effort to protect environmental resilience and biodiversity within the area.

“Wildlife connectivity is a high precedence of the state and it’s encouraging to see years of labor lastly come to fruition,” mentioned Charlton H. Bonham, the director of CDFW, in a press release. “Wildlife that makes use of this land will now have far more room to roam.”

After securing an settlement with the landowner to amass the property for conservation, the California Wildlife Conservation Board authorised $30 million for the acquisition. 

Different funding for the property got here from non-public donors, USFWS and the Division of Homeland Safety. The $25 million from DHS got here from a settlement settlement over the development of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The Reserve-Refuge conservation space — which now consists of the Proctor Valley property — has been a spotlight of serious curiosity and funding over the past three many years.

Environmental teams say that it is likely one of the most necessary goal areas in California, because it accommodates quite a few endangered and threatened species that rely on substantial non-public and public landholdings for survival.