Soquel Canyon

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KEY FACTS

Location:

  • Chino Hills, San Bernardino Co.
  • 6+ Acres in Orange County

 Property Size:

  • 313 Acres

Target Resources:

  • Streams/Wetlands
  • Riparian Habitat
  • Least Bell’s Vireo
  • California Coastal Gnatcatcher
  • Coastal Sage Scrub Communities
  • Black Walnut Woodlands – Oak Woodlands

Land Features

The property’s southern boundary is the Chino Hills State Park, a premier natural open space area in the hills of Santa Ana Canyon near the junction of San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. The Park is a critical link in the Puente-Chino Hills biological corridor, encompassing over 14,000 acres oaks, sycamores, and rolling grassy hills stretching nearly 31 miles from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Whittier Hills. The property offers a great diversity of vegetation; its canyons support riparian areas which protect water quality and provide suitable habitat numerous wildlife species including least bell’s vireo, and the black walnut trees in low-lying riparian areas join coast live oaks to form mixed walnut woodlands above the creeks.

A variety of scrub and chaparral communities are found on the drier slopes including coastal sage scrub, another sensitive community. Coastal sage scrub is one of the most threatened natural communities in California and is known to support numerous special status plant and wildlife species, including populations of the sensitive coast horned lizard and red-diamond rattlesnake.  The site also has the potential to support California gnatcatcher and least Bell’s vireo.

Service Area

This property is expected to be able to provide CEQA mitigation for projects impacting sensitive habitats throughout portions of Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties. This property can also provide Army Corps’ mitigation for projects impacting wetlands/waters within the San Gabriel, Santa Ana and Lower Los Angeles watersheds.