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Pleasant Valley Ecological Reserve


The approximately 1,200-acre Pleasant Valley Ecological Reserve has three units: Phelps Avenue, Jayne Avenue, and Southern. It has a mixture of annual grassland and saltbush scrub habitats. It also contains some seasonal riparian areas. Animals include foxes, squirrels, and lizards.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4014.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Deer Hunting

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands, please refer to the CDFW Public Lands Regulations. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following these regulations.

Activities: wildlife viewing, hunting

Area History

Land use in the Arroyo Pasajero alluvial fan area is dominated by irrigated agriculture. In the past, common crops that were grown in this area included cotton, barley, seed alfalfa, safflower, and lettuce. Historic upland land use in the area includes cattle and sheep grazing. Several parcels of land adjacent to the reserve still support cattle grazing. Petroleum production is also important to the Coalinga area economy, and oil fields in this area were some of the first areas in California producing oil.

The property was designated as an ecological reserve in 2000. The purpose of the acquisition was to protect valley annual grasslands and saltbush scrub habitats for sensitive animal species. One project installed fencing to exclude cattle, removed tamarisk, and planted native riparian species, providing habitat for resident and migratory wildlife species.

Last update : 2/15/2017 4:11:45 PM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

Pleasant Valley ER


Central Region (Region 4)

Fresno County

Directions: Exit I-5 onto Janye Ave. Head west to El Dorado Rd. Turn right, heading north. At intersect of Phelps Ave., turn left and go west approx. 2 to 3 miles until reach an "S" shaped bend in road. Park at gate on south side of road. Access on foot through gate.

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