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August 14, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego River Park Foundation has succeeded in acquiring 157 acres on scenic “El Capitan” (El Cajon) Mountain in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley, a designated county scenic view corridor.  The victory is sweet for preservationists, since a portion of the mountain has been marred by Sunrise Powerlink and this will protect much of what’s left for future generations.  It’s nicknamed El Capitan for its resemblance to the landmark in Yosemite Valley. 

As announced by Rob Hutsel of the San Diego River Park Foundation in an email titled “Great News on El Cajon Mountain!”, “Today, we closed on the acquisition and permanently protected over 157 acres of land on the iconic El Cajon Mountain.  This land, which we will be calling the "West Face," is not only beautiful, it has significant wildlife and recreation values. Now, this will be protected for future generations to enjoy.  In coming months, we will be planning an event near the site to celebrate, and we hope you will join us up there.”

To learn more about the Foundations efforts to save El Cap visit


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