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California Gnatcatcher, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

East County News Service

December 4, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego County Supervisors voted this week to approve purchase of 345 acres of open land to extend trail systems and to protect habitat for the endangered California gnatcatcher.

The purchases include two parcels.  The first is 100 acres to be added to the Goodan Ranch Preserve west of State Route 67 between Ramona and Poway. Supervisor Dianne Jacob says the goal is to connect trails from Goodan Ranch to Santee Lakes and Mission Trails. 

The second land acquisition includes 240 acres in the Escondido Creek Preserve near Harmony Grove Road.  The land is part of a network of preserves that consist of about 1,400 acres.

The total cost to purchase the lands is about $5 million, which also includes funds for erosion control, vegetation, management, staff salaries and signs for the new trails and habitat preserves.

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Connective Trails

As a resident of Santee, I give three cheers to Supervisor Dianne Jacob and the goal of connecting trails in Goodan Ranch to Santee Lakes and Mission Trails! Sycamore Canyon is a natural corridor wildlife use for access to the San Diego River. Lots of people like me use the historic Stowe Trail trail for mountain biking and hiking to enjoy the Great Outdoors in this beautiful open space area. It would be a shame if the opportunity to join these trails together passes us by!