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By Cari Hachmann
Staff Writer 

Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve is critical corridor for wildlife habitat


Last updated 3/29/2019 at 2:40am

Shane Gibson photo

The Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve held a one-day tour for the public in celebration of World Water Day starting above the gorge at the San Diego State University's field station, March 23.

Reserve manager Pablo Bryant points to a series of yellow dots that run along a patchwork of green on a map detailing the bounds of Temecula's Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve.

The dots represent the tracked movement of mountain lions who use the river valley as a corridor for their habitat.

The Santa Margarita River is southern California's last free-flowing river.

The reserve spans the first 5 miles of the river, which Bryant said is one of the most critical corridors for wildlife and habitat biodiversity.

"We connect the Palomar Mountains to the East and Santa Ana Mountain to the Wes...

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Reader Comments

tomsuttle writes:

Although I'm no fan of environmental extremism, the thoughtful preservation of public land corridors demonstrates a positive result of the evolved brains of human beings. (In perspective, there have been several negative results of human abilities to 'figure things out', such as germ warfare, etc.) For an environmental perspective in contrast to corridors, just drive through the barely tolerable living environments that make up much of the vast disaster that is industrialized LA county.


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