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JAMUL -- State and local officials will gather in East County Wednesday to announce plans to acquire 2,000 acres of land as part of an expansion of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge.
In a press release, the San Diego Association of Governments said representatives from SANDAG, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Department of the interior and Homeland Security will be present to discuss the $18-million Hidden Valley property purchase.
Wednesday's 10 a.m. press conference is scheduled near the property at the end of Millar Ranch Road just of Route 94 in Jamul. See map above.
SANDAG said the property provides habitat for rare plants and animals, including the Quino checkerspot butterfly and the California gnat catcher. "The acquisition enables the expansions of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge," Sandag said, "helping to close gaps in state and federal ecological preserves and create habitat linkages critical to the survival of endangered and threatened species.