Acquisition 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.
|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 Scope offering views from Anza Borrego to the Pacific Ocean, VMF has an outdoor laboratory supporting youth and adult eduction throughout the year.
In 2010, a 37 acre parcel adjacent to the former Hunters' Camp property was acquired by the Volcan Mountain Foundation, and parternship 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 a working education building with full classroom facilities as well as the Watershed Trail and Native Plant Nursery.