The RCHCA has jurisdiction and oversight over numerous conservation areas within Western Riverside County, which is intended to provide habitat for SKR. Typically, access to these conservation areas is limited. Staff work to deter unfettered access and the impacts of illegal trespassing and dumping activity on the lands. The RCHCA owns 250 acres of conserved lands for the SKR in the Steele Peak Reserve near the City of Perris in unincorporated Riverside County.
Recognizing the value in public access, the RCHCA is working to develop an action plan that will allow for limited public access on RCHCA-owned lands. Allowing fettered access to public lands is beneficial in reducing negative impacts and creates a sense of appreciation for the lands and species conservation.
RCHCA, in partnership with Alta Planning + Design, developed a Trails Concept Design Plan that will be suitable for the Steele Peak Reserve, taking into consideration what activities would be best suited for the area’s residents and visitors. This plan also recognizes that public access can only occur if implemented in a manner that is not detrimental to SKR. Considering the amount of damage inflicted on these lands from illegal trespassers, staff strongly believe this approach, which introduces controlled access, can dramatically improve the situation.