The historic San Diego County administration building. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved the purchase of additional land for a popular open space preserve near the community of Valley Center.

The county will pay the Furleigh Family Trust $610,000 for a 76-acre parcel located at the eastern end of Paradise Mountain Road, next to the Hellhole Canyon Preserve, which will increase the North County preserves size to nearly 2,700 acres, according to the information posted to the board meeting agenda.

Along with its 13 miles of trails, Hellhole Canyon is home to deer, mountain lions, and sensitive wildlife habitats.

According to the county, a $225,000 grant provided by the state Habitat Conservation Fund will help pay for the 76 acres.

Including staff time and initial stewardship, the county will spend a total of $778,900 on the land acquisition.

Supervisor Jim Desmond, in whose district the preserve is located, recently said he was “pleased we’re able to add to this county asset.”

–City News Service

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