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Save the Source Program

Protecting, Restoring and Enjoying the Upper Reaches of the Watershed

image Our Save the Source Program is dedicated to conserving critically important lands in the Upper San Diego River watershed. We are a member of the national Land Trust Alliance and have adopted their Land Trust Standards and Practices.

Our primary purpose is to protect the source waters of the River while promoting appropriate public enjoyment of the lands we conserve. In doing so we are providing linkages for wildlife movement, amazing recreation opportunities, incredible pristine vistas, and much more. Once we acquire properties, the Save the Source program manages and monitors them.

There four primary areas where we work:

Volunteer Opportunities - current

  • Trail Team - If you enjoy being outdoors, working hard and being part of a team. This is right for you! We are working on opening specific sections of trail at Eagle Peak Ranch as well as the South Rim unit of Eagle Peak Preserve. Tools and supplies are provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own. We will organize carpools or meet you at the Preserve.

  • Camera Monitoring Team - About once per month the team goes out to one of our remote cameras to download photos as well as resupply power, check camera condition and relocate cameras as needed. No experience is needed.

  • Habitat Restoration - activities are focused on Boulder Creek and Temescal Creek. This is great for individuals as well as small and large groups. You will work closely with either a staff member or a very experienced naturalist.

  • Streambed Assessments - annually we performed assessments of selected tributaries of the River. Contact Shannon, the River Ecosystem Manager if you are interested in being part of this group. or 619-297-7380.

  • General Preserve Care - sign making, equipment maintenance and other activities.

How you can be part of Save the Source:
  • Explore the backcountry! Click here for more information about places to go.
  • Donate to support land acquisition!
  • Volunteer to be part of caring for these lands. If you are interested in learning more about any of the current opportunities, please contact our Engagement Manager to learn more or 619-297-7380.
  • Stay informed on issues and opportunities by signing up for the free monthly e-news.
  • Include the program in your Will or other estate plans. Click here fore more information



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