Michael Brandman Associates (MBA) conducted a baseline biodiversity study of the County of San Diego?s Wilderness Gardens Preserve (Preserve) to provide the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) with current baseline biological data and information to assist in developing a Resource Management Plan (RMP) including Area Specific Management Directives (ASMDs). The Preserve is located approximately nine miles east of Interstate (I) 15 and immediately south of State Route (SR) 76/Pala Road, in the northern portion of San Diego County, California. The Preserve is owned and managed by the County of San Diego DPR.
Baseline biological surveys were conducted on the 732.4-acre Preserve in the late spring and summer of 2009 (May through September). (The assessor?s parcel data lists the Preserve as 737.07 acres; however, calculations generated from GIS data show the Preserve as 732.4. Therefore, this report references the property as 732.4 acres.) MBA biologists conducted several types of sampling methods to document as many different plant and wildlife species as possible within the Preserve.