Eureka Springs (formerly Eureka Ranch)

Eureka Springs Open Space Preserve is located within the City of Escondido, east and west of East Valley Parkway and north of Washington Avenue. The Preserve consists of 32.5 acres of upland habitat and 1.78 acres of created and restored wetland habitat located within the boundary of the Eureka Springs development, and 1.97 acres of restored wetland habitat located outside this boundary but adjacent to the southeastern and southern boundary of the Eureka Springs development. The Preserve is located adjacent to an important habitat linkage area within the "Northeastern Habitat Area Biological Core and Linkage Area" of the City of Escondido's Subarea Plan to the Multiple Habitat Conservation Program (MHCP).  San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC) began active management of the majority of the Preserve in July 2012. Active management of the remaining portion of the Preserve began in 2014 after wetland and oak tree restoration efforts were completed. Eureka Springs view

History: This open space preserve was required to be set aside as mitigation for the development of Eureka Springs, a 167-acre residential community composed of 340 single-family residential units. The project impacted coast live oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, coast live oak riparian woodland, coastal sage scrub/chaparral, and individual Engelmann oak and coast live oak trees. 

Habitat: The onsite uplands consist of 17.7 acres of Diegan coastal sage scrub, 4.3 acres of coast live oak riparian woodland, 3.9 acres of disturbed habitat, 3.1 acres of Diegan coastal sage scrub/chaparral, 2.04 acres of coast live oak woodland, and 1.8 acres of orchard/agricultural land.  The offsite drainage area consists of 1.97 acres of restored wetland habitat. A public trail winds through the northeast upland area, providing public access for hikers to view these natural resources. Three interpretive signs are located along the trail to inform visitors about the resources in the Preserve.

Management Duties: SDHC monitors the onsite portion of the Preserve on a monthly basis and the offsite portion on a quarterly basis to observe and document substantial changes in the habitat composition and the need for remedial measures. Non-native, invasive plant species are removed as necessary.  SDHC meets with the surrounding homeowners of the Eureka Springs development every year and provides an article for distribution on an annual basis. Every five years, SDHC inventories, maps, and assesses the condition of the Engelmann oaks.

Species of Special interest: Costa’s hummingbird, Nuttall’s woodpecker, yellow warbler, yellow-breasted chat, Engelmann oak, southwestern spiny rush, orange-throated whiptail.

Chaparral Habitat
Diegan Coastal Sage Scrub Habitat
Riparian Habitat
  Oak Woodland Habitat
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Eureka Spring Preserve map