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Preserve - Kelly Ranch Habitat Conservation Area PDF Print E-mail

Physical Description:  The Kelly Ranch Habitat Conservation area is a 55 acre preserve located near the intersection of Cannon Road and Faraday Avenue in the City of Carlsbad, California. The reserve has a varied topography and is smack in the middle of a residential development. Agua Hedionda Lagoon is located to the west of the Preserve.

Kelly Ranch Photo

Conservation Purpose:  This site has been protected as mitigation for the Kelly Ranch housing development. The preserve supports high quality habitat and provides beautiful views for neighboring residents.

Habitat Types:  The site has coastal sage scrub and southern maritime chaparral. Several threatened or endangered species occur on this site including the Del Mar manzanita, (Arctostaphylos glandulosa var crassifolia) and the California gnatcatcher, (Polioptila californica californica).


Management:  The focus of management here is protect the preserve from negative human factors such as illegal encroachment, unwanted trespass and abuse. This site is in a highly urban-suburban setting. The questions here focus on whether or not the conserved natural communities and species can persist, or for how long, and what management measures are required to reduce their risk of extirpation.

Formation and History:  The site was deeded to the Center by the Kelly Land Company in March of 2002.

Access:  The preserve is mostly inaccessible due to its steep terrain or lack of access points. However, a view point does exist towards the middle portion of the preserve.

For information and inquiries please contact:

Markus Spiegelberg
San Diego Area Manager
(619)295-4953 Phone/Fax


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