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September 14, 2013 (Lakeside/Dehesa) – San Diego River Park Foundation is striving to secure $850,000 in grant funds to save the 152-acre Chocolate Summit/Peutz Creek Conservation area between Dehesa and Lakeside. They needed to raise $37,500 by September 19, of which just $4,171 remains to be raised.  Every dollar given will result in $22 in grant funds.

This undeveloped land is the last remaining key piece of this wildlife corridor within our conservation area, according to the Foundation’s Facebook Page.  For details and donations visit:

 A biology report identified this property as part of a "large regional linkage for wildlife between Dehesa and Lakeside that has been identified as important to maintain the diversity of wildlife in the region." Hundreds of  plant and animal species have been identified or are expected to be located on this important property, including:

Partial list:

  • Golden eagle
  • Deer
  • Bobcat
  • Ring-tailed cat
  • Fox
  • San Diego horned lizard
  • San Diego thorn mint
  • Lakeside Ceanothus
  • Tecate cypress
  • Campo clarkia
  • San Diego golden star
  • Quino checkerspot butterfly
  • San Diego banded gecko
  • Bell's sage sparrow
  • California gnatcatcher
  • Rufous-crowned sparrow
  • San Diego black-tailed jackrabbit


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