The Peninsular Ranges Ecological Reserve includes approximately 3,300 acres of foothills, “canyon mouths”, and alluvial fan lands. It has habitat for sensitive species including bighorn sheep and desert tortoise, and there is also potential habitat for several sensitive bat species. Other species that inhabit the area include mountain lion, mule deer, golden eagle, and prairie falcon.
The acquisition allows for the protection of the peninsular bighorn sheep in the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains. In addition, this acquisition helps implement the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan for the Coachella Valley. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2007.
For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.