Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve is approximately 2,300 acres. Virtually the entire property south of the Sweetwater River consists of mafic southern mixed chaparral, a unique form of chaparral vegetation that is confined to mafic, or gabbro-derived soils that are rich in ferro-magnesian minerals. Sycuan Peak is used as foraging territory by peregrine falcons, as well as other raptors. The northern portion of the property consists of the Sweetwater River drainage, and includes riparian woodland and willow riparian habitats.
The purpose of the acquisition was to protect endangered and sensitive wildlife, native plants and special habitats. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2000. It is part of an important wildlife corridor within the State’s Natural Community Conservation Planning program.
For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.