This project acquired approximately 100 acres of riparian habitat located along the Otay River from I-5 to the 805 highway.
The Fenton Ranch East property is a remnant of the original homestead of Henry Fenton, an important early citizen of San Diego. The property straddles the Santa Maria Creek at the entrance of the creek into San Pasqual Valley. The preservation of the Santa Maria Creek corridor (from the Ramona Grasslands to the San Pasqual Valley) is a County priority. Santa Maria Creek feeds into the Lake Hodges Reservoir, an impaired water body. The Fenton Ranch East property has an approved Tentative Map and Tentative Parcel Map for residential subdivision and development. The Fenton Ranch East property is the top acquisition priority in the San Pasqual Landscape Unit of the approved Conceptual Area Protection Plan for the San Dieguito River Valley. The Fenton Ranch parcels are included in the City of San Diego approved Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP).