Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 6, 2021

New Land Acquisition For Anza-Borrego

from the Anza-Borrego Foundation

As most of you know, as part of our mission, Anza-Borrego Foundation acquires privately owned parcels within the Park boundaries to make the Park ‘whole’. The transfer of 17,597 acres from the Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF) to the Park, one of the largest land transfers by a nonprofit cooperating association in California State Parks’ history, was approved in a session by the State of California Public Works Board in December. 

This transfer involving 331 parcels has been an extremely complex and lengthy process that involves financial, environmental, title and other reviews by the State. With this crucial step complete, the land transfer is now officially in escrow! 

This land transfer marks a significant, historic moment for ABF, the Park and all of our major donors who have been vital in helping to make this possible. 

Key highlights of transfer:

  • Extends Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to near the Mexican border/Baja California, a key step towards establishing a binational wildlife corridor for endangered desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife.
  • Joins Cuyamaca Rancho State Park with Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, connecting mountains to desert, helping sustain biological diversity, ecological complexity, and opportunities for climate change adaptations.
  •      Helps protect wildflower parcels that had previously been under threat for development and habitat fragmentation, which represents a major benefit for a coordinated tourism effort and the town of Borrego Springs.
  • Completes transfer of private in-holdings that can lead to public access and resource management issues as well as resource damage.

We will be sharing more about the completion of the land transfer with you in the coming weeks. Escrow is expected to close in early 2021


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