Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve Updated:08/2023

The approximately 5,600-acre Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve is an important component of the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) multi-habitat preserve system in southwestern San Diego County, supporting large areas of coastal sage scrub, annual grasslands and riparian habitat. The MSCP is a subregional plan under the auspices of the State's Natural Community Conservation Planning program. Numerous public ownerships connect to provide a large core area of conserved land, including BLM's Otay Mountain Wilderness Area, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's San Diego-Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge, CDFW's adjacent Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area and various City and County of San Diego ownerships. The Cleveland National Forest is close but not immediately adjacent to State-owned lands.

The site includes large, open grasslands that provide foraging habitat for abundant and diverse raptor species. Coastal sage scrub habitat is valuable for numerous sensitive species, and willow-sycamore riparian areas provide nesting habitat and are of overall importance as water sources for wildlife.


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South Coast Region
3883 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA  92123
Phone: (858) 467-4201
Fax: (858) 467-4299

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