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ABOUT WILDWOOD CANYON STATE PARK

pic Wildwood Canyon State Park, which is located in the mountains above Yucaipa, California, was created through the efforts of Yucaipa residents to preserve two historic ranches that were once destined to become housing developments.

On Friday, May 9, 2003, the formal dedication of Wildwood Canyon State Park took place. However, it has not yet been officially designated as the type of state park it will ultimately be.

A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT, GO HIKING, BICYCLING OR RIDE YOUR HORSE.

Land occupied by the Birmingham and Porter Ranches were authorized for upscale housing in the mid-1990s. A few years later a wildfire hit the ranches and flooding subsequently caused problems that lead the developers to pull out and local leaders began a campaign to create a state park. Frank Sissons, chairman of the Yucaipa Valley Conservancy, lead the effort, working with The Wildlands Conservancy in Oak Glen to pull together money to buy land and to arrange land donations.

Wildwood Canyon State Park currently consists of 900 acres in east Yucaipa and is home to wild animals, ancient oaks, wide open wildlands, trails and, soon, facilities for the public to enjoy the land's splendor.

Since its formation, due to the state budget limitations, very little funding has been provided for park operations. The Supporters of Wildwood Canyon State Park, a group of local activists, has been coordinating clean-up and maintenance efforts through donations and donated labor.

THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTERS OF WILDWOOD CANYON STATE PARK.

MISSION STATEMENT (authorized by the committee in July 2004 and still evolving):

The Supporters of Wildwood Canyon State Park was organized for and is committed to the preservation of the park in its most scenic and natural state and to encourage the public's non-motorized recreational and educational use of the park and its trails.

This will be accomplished through fundraising and donations for the purposes of trail and structure maintenance, establishing a museum and event center, to preserve the local history and to inspire the public to support and manage the land and wildlife consistent with open space purposes.

If you would like to DONATE OR CONTRIBUTE personal support to the group and to the park, email Bob Fonzi, Chairman, at bfonzi@wildwoodcanyonstatepark.com or to Dennis Van Uffelen, Treasurer, at dvanuffelen@wildwoodcanyonstatepark.com.

If you would like to get UPDATED INFO ABOUT THE PARK, check this website from time to time or give us your email address to let us send you updated information directly. Provide your email to cteeters@wildwoodcanyonstatepark.com or rmonroe@wildwoodcanyonstatepark.com.

The YUCAIPA VALLEY CONSERVANCY helped create the park and is also working on the preservation of another 3500 acres in Wildwood Canyon for the State Park. Check out http://conservancy.homestead.com.

 


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