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San Diego County, California

View east from Tauber Ridge; photo by Jeff Holt

Preservation Projects & Accomplishments

Since 1989, through facilitation efforts of the Volcan Mountain Foundation (VMF) and its partners, more than 17,000 acres of land have been acquired from willing sellers, bringing conserved land within the range to approximately 31,000 acres.

Conserved Land Within the Volcan Mountain Range
Agency Approx. Acres
Volcan Mountain Foundation 396
Federal Bureau of Land Management 1,800
San Diego County Department of Parks & Recreation 5,300
California Department of Fish & Game 5,600
Santa Ysabel Indian Reservation 7,000
Other conservation organizations and agencies 11,000

After two decades of facilitating acquisitions, VMF became a land owner for the first time in 2009 with the acquisition of the former Hunters’ Camp property.  VMF partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the County of San Diego to phase the acquisition which also resulted in adjacent lands being added to the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve.  With the addition of the Sky Island Trail to the ridgeline and the new Sky Island Trail Viewscope offering views from Anza Borrego to the Pacific Ocean, VMF has an outdoor laboratory supporting youth and adult education throughout the year.

In 2010, a 37 acre parcel adjacent to the former Hunters' Camp property was acquired by the Volcan Mountain Foundation, and partnership with conservation easement funds from the County of San Diego.

In 2011, a 50.06 acre piece along an easterly-facing ridgeline was acquired through a generous $300,000 gift.  Closing escrow on the same day was another 37.66 acquisition at the headwaters to Santa Ysabel Creek with a small cabin on it.  VMF's new Volcan Mountain Nature Center is the home to the Volcan Mountain Education Center honoring Keith and Priscilla Webb and Family, with full classroom facilities as well as the Watershed Trail and Native Plant Nursery.