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Cuyamaca Corridor Initiative

Help Conserve Johnson Creek
Join the effort to raise the funds needed to buy a key property!

View of property

Between Lake Cuyamaca and Eagle Peak
Near 3 Sisters Waterfall Trailhead. Location is marked on map with the blue pin.


Recently we learned that a piece of the Cuyamaca Corridor might be available to purchase. We worked with the owner's realtor and have agreed on a price to purchase the property. Thanks to our River Wildlife Club, we had enough funds for the deposit, so we jumped at the chance to acquire and conserve the property. We then set out to raise the remaining funds needed.

Exciting news, Ensie and Matthias Blume, a wonderful couple who support conserving at-risk open spaces, agreed to match every donation received up to a total of $8800!

UPDATE: people have come together to raise $8800 for the acquisition and the Blumes are moving ahead with their matching gift! We continue to raise funds for this purchase. Every donation raised, is less funding that needs to be pulled out of our Acquisition Reserve Fund. We are really close to raising all the funds needed so none of the reserve will be required. Just $2900 is left to raise! Thank you!

Your donation of $20, $50, or more is really appreciated as we work to conserve this piece of Johnson Creek.

  • Credit Card by Phone - Call 619-297-7380 A team member can take your information over the phone and answer your questions. Office is open M-F 9AM - 1:30PM. If we aren't there, please leave a message, and we will call you back as soon as we can.

  • Check by Mail - Please address your donation to
    The San Diego River Park Foundation
    4891 Pacific Highway, Suite 114
    San Diego, CA 92110
    Please note in memo field: Johnson Creek

  • Venmo @sandiegoriver (please note for Johnson Creek)

  • Gift of Stock - Click Here For Details

  • Donor Advised Funds, IRAs and other
    Please email Rob Hutsel, our CEO, to let him know you are processing one of these gifts or grants. Thank you!

    The San Diego River Park Foundation is a 501c3 public benefit nonprofit. As a public charity we are qualified to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.
    EIN 01-0565671

    All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Any addition funds raised will go into the Acquisition Reserve Fund so we are ready for the next opportunity!

Wildlife Species of Note



Gray Fox and many more

cougar Golden Eagle Bobcat


  • Wetlands including a section of Johnson Creek, a seasonal creek that drains into Boulder Creek and eventually the San Diego River
  • coast live oaks
  • Engelmann and scrub oaks are also present near the property
  • Adjcacent to both Cleveland National Forest and private ranch lands
  • Keeps this land as open space so that it can be remain a valuable place for wildlife


Special Opportunities:

Conservation Society -

$1000 or more

Donations of this amount include an invitation to be part of the Conservation Society. You will receive invitations to special tours of acquisition projects, updates from our CEO and an invitation to our annual Conservation Society gathering. Your name will be place on a property dedication sign.

Cuyamaca Corridor Champions

$200 or more

Donations of this amount will be recognized at the property

Friends of Cuyamaca Corridor

$10 or more

All donors at this level will be invited to a property dedication ceremony. If there is enough cell coverage, we will arrange a ZOOM call so you can join remotely.


Photo of Sheep Camp Creek

Sheep Camp Creek (shown above) is part of the Cuymaca Corridor. It has been documentat as an important area for wildlife movement
.Johnson Creek is adjacent to this area.


Photo by Mysteri LeMay

Join the Club!

—Join the Wildlife Club by signing up for a monthly gift of $8 or more


For more information on our acquisition program, please contact our CEO, Rob Hutsel, or call (619) 244-7024

Gifts of Appreciated Stocks are Great!



Ensie & Matthias Blume
River Wildlife Society
Nathan Weflen
Rob Hutsel
Simon & Julie Andrews
Patricia Ray
La Jolla Rocks
Margaret Green
Fred Kramer
Jessica Friis
KK Mistry
Keith Larson
Cindy Burrascano
James Marich
Eugene Fosnight
Marty & Cindie Offenhauer
Katherine Ferguson
Julie Hocking & Jim Baross
Linda King in memory of Jerry King, loving husband, father and grandfather (1930-2023)
Dr. Thomas Philippi
Linda Aurora Espino
Michelle Haglund Reilly
Charles LaForest
Mysteri LeMay
Joan Raphael
An Anonymous Gift
Brian Hartley &
the Hartley Co.
Bart Barbosa
Scott Wahl
Neil Meyer
Richard Larson
Randall Padgett
Patricia Walsh

Tom Wallace
Rick Manley
Ted Sledzinski
Dave Loveland
Louise Streiff
Heide Pedersen
William Brothers
George Gastil
Kevin Bonner
Rae Newman
Ann Sixtus
Mike Kelly
Joel and Terri Johnson
The Williams Family
Glenn Torbett
Holly Gant


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We appreciate your joining in to help acquire this property!

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