The Friends of Palm Springs Mountains have been working for many years with public and private partners to preserve the critical habitat and scenic open space of Chino Canyon.
Our first land purchase occurred in 2012 when the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC) provided a grant to purchase Angel Cove and Ship Rock, 209 acres contiguous to the former Shadowrock property. CVMC is a state agency that shares our mission to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Coachella Valley. Following this transaction the opportunity arose to partner with a willing seller to complete two priority acquisitions together totaling another 376 acres. This land includes the upper portion of the Canyon, including the cienega and the lower portion, which adjoins Angel Cove. The majority of the funding required has been set aside or committed by federal and state agencies including CVMC. Once acquired through grants to the Friends, these lands will be donated to the City of Palm Springs to be held as open space in perpetuity.
Preserving Chino Canyon will not only preserve an important and scenic habitat area, it will also enhance public access to and enjoyment of the natural environment, and promote access to and enhance opportunities for both tourism and the promotion of healthy and active living for residents. Second phase goals include plans for acquisition of additional lands for preservation and to expand public access where that is consistent with preserving the habitat, and create educational and recreational amenities, including a natural park and preserve, scenic overlooks, interpretation, and trails.
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