Following discussions initiated by EHL, the Sycuan tribe near San Diego is assessing its reservation lands and other holdings in light of the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP). Important wildlife corridors can benefit.

EHL has appreciated the tribe’s awareness of the important natural resources under its stewardship and willingness to engage in this planning endeavor. Biological goals include connectivity through Harbison Canyon, the long-term viability of Sloan Canyon, and restoration of the adjacent Sweetwater River. Target species include the arroyo southwestern toad and California gnatcatcher, as well as a population of mule deer. Many of the Sycuan parcels complement acquisitions underway by EHL’s partner organization, the Endangered Habitats Conservancy.

If successful, this effort will secure critical pieces of the MSCP and provide an example of how Indian nations can contribute to regional conservation efforts.