Location: The project is located north of Avocado Mesa Road in the unincorporated Tenaja area of the County of Riverside.
RCA Area: Southwest Area Plan – Subunit 7 – Tenaja, Rough Step 5.
Size: 22.92 acres.
Plant Communities in the area: Grassland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Woodland Forest.
Species for Conservation: Species for conservation in this Area Plan include: California red-legged frog, Bell’s sage sparrow, Cooper’s hawk, grasshopper sparrow, bobcat and mountain lion.
The TNC/Monte Cristo property consists of approximately 22.92 acres and is located immediately south and east of previously conserved lands.
This property was acquired by RCA on February 27, 2015 with State and Federal grant funding. The property is located within Cell 7029 of the Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (Western Riverside County MSHCP).
The TNC/Monte Cristo property contains important biological resources, including Grassland and Woodland Forest habitat.
Wildlife and Habitat Value:
In addition, the subject property is located in a critical conservation area within the Western Riverside County MSHCP, identified as Linkage 9. This property connects to conserved lands to the north and west. Conservation of this land helps assemble the reserve for this area and protect important habitat for many species, including Cooper’s hawk and mountain lion.