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Environmental Grant: $100,000 for Ewing Preserve Restoration

We recently awarded $100,000 from the Open Space Fund to the RSF Association for brush clearance and restoration of the 25-acre parcel of eucalyptus grove known as the Ewing Preserve. The funds awarded will help protect several rare native plant species that make their home in the area by mitigating fire risk.

Pictured: Christy Whalen, Rancho Santa Fe Association Manager Ed Blodgett, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation Board Chairman Chris Sichel, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation President and CEO Dan Comstock, Rancho Santa Fe Association Board President

“We’re thrilled to award this historic grant from our Open Space Fund to ensure the Ewing Preserve remains a safe and accessible place for all San Diegans to learn and enjoy,” said Chris Sichel, president and CEO, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. “Environmental protection in our region is a fundamental part of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation’s goal to support a more resilient and sustainable future for all.”

The Ewing Preserve is a nature sanctuary located in the middle of the North County San Diego community of Rancho Santa Fe. The preserve features trails to walk or ride horses, quiet surroundings and vista views. In addition to serving as a recreational outlet, the Ewing Preserve is home to the endangered Southern Maritime Chapparal plant community, making it one of the few remaining areas of its kind. In addition, rare and endangered plant species like Nuttal’s Scrub Oak and Del Mar Manzanita also reside in the preserve.

“The Rancho Santa Fe Association thanks the Foundation for the generous donations of the Ewing Preserve and the funds for fire mitigation on the property. We are committed to making our community more resistant to wildfires, and the contribution from the Foundation helps us further these important efforts. We are grateful for the long, collaborative relationship with and support from the Foundation,” said Christy Whalen, manager, Rancho Santa Fe Association.

To learn more about how you can support our local San Diego community, contact RSF Foundation staff.

Overlook view in the Ewing Preserve, Rancho Santa Fe, North County San Diego

History of the Ewing Preserve
Located in the southeast section of the Rancho Santa Fe Protective Covenant, the Ewing Preserve was deeded from the Nature Conservancy to the RSF Foundation in 1984. The contract stipulated that the premises shall forever be used as open space and as a natural area preserve.

Since 1989, the RSF Association has maintained the preserve’s trail and managed vegetation removal on the property. Over the years, the RSF Foundation assisted with several tree removal projects with capital from the Open Space Fund.

In 2021, the Association worked in collaboration with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District to identify critical areas of high fire risk within Ewing Preserve. In December 2022, the RSF Foundation signed over ownership of the Ewing Preserve to the RSF Association.