San Diego County has more threatened and endangered species than any other county in the continental United States. Mission Trails Regional Park (the southwestern gateway to the City of Santee) has constrained natural linkage to the Pacific Ocean at Torrey Pines State Park that stretches east to the Cleveland National Forest and Anza Borrego Desert.
Parcels on the 2,700-acre East Elliott (formerly military Camp Elliott adjacent to Mission Trails) and the 2,600-acre Fanita Ranch (northern Santee) provide key linkage for endangered wildlife, recreation and scenic views. The diversity of life in Mission Trails Park is dependent upon maintaining the health of the core linkage. Acquisition of unspoiled natural lands on East Elliott and Fanita Ranch for conservation protects endangered wildlife, expands outdoor recreation, protects natural history, provides clean air as they store carbon, provides clean water and flood protection while enhancing our quality of life. As watershed for the San Diego River, East Elliott and Fanita Ranch conservation also bolsters the efforts to revitalize the historic San Diego River artery. The San Diego River runs through the heart of Santee and Mission Trails.
Since 1994, Preserve Wild Santee has provided key advocacy work for regional conservation goals that has resulted in the conservation of thousands of acres in San Diego County. Mission Trails Park expansion and the failed attempts to grade Fanita Ranch for subdivision proposals since the 1990’s demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach to provide a positive vision while battling inappropriate proposals. Preserve Wild Santee requests your continued support as we face the new challenge of a massive 2,994-unit subdivision proposal for the Fanita Ranch and potential smaller development proposals on East Elliott.