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Knights View Farm In Ramona, California
20 years ago, Ramona was targeted by developers who looked at the rolling hills and expansive vistas as little more than prime golf course locations. Hundreds of houses, a half-dozen golf courses Read more...
20 years ago, Ramona was targeted by developers who looked at the rolling hills and expansive vistas as little more than prime golf course locations. Hundreds of houses, a half-dozen golf courses and a ski lake community were proposed to fill the lands surrounding Knights View Farm and beyond.
Lead by community activists and the Wildlife Research Institute, Ramona fought back. We joined together to speak out against the development. Meetings were held, signatures were gathered on petitions, and the community rallied to preserve the rural nature of our town.
It was a long hard fight, and some of the land was lost. But in the end, 3,490 acres was saved and the Ramona Grasslands Preserve includes a significant portion of the remaining undeveloped portion of the Santa Maria Creek watershed.
The Nature Conservancy provided the original funding to purchase the land from the developers. The preserve is currently managed by The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation.
Your hosts Jeff and Gwen have called Ramona home for 40 and 25 years, respectively. Jeff held a seat on the Ramona Planning Group during the developer years, and was a firm ally of conservation and slow-growth. Gwen was a member of the West End Subcommittee at the same time, and organized the first petitions to save the Grasslands. Both care deeply about the Earth, are still active in conservancy.
Jeff and Gwen have a deep and abiding love for Ramona, the Grasslands and her inhabitants. We are pleased to share this beautiful valley and the Grasslands with our guests.