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Prescott Preserve - Oswit Land Trust's Most Recent Success Story

Prescott Preserve, 120 acres in the heart of Palm Springs, is being restored from its former state as a golf course into a spectacular nature preserve. Jane Garrison and the Oswit Land Trust story.
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It started in 2016, when Jane Garrison, founder (and now President) of Oswit Land Trust, was on a hike in Oswit Canyon. The Canyon is adjacent to the south trailhead of the famed South Lykken Trail, just off South Palm Canyon and easily accessible to downtown Palm Springs. At the end of the hike, Jane was chatting with another hiker who said “I hope you enjoyed it, as it’s all going away soon.” Jane learned that the alluvial fan heading into the Canyon had been purchased and was slated for a large-scale housing development.  

The Canyon is home to endangered Big Horn Sheep, desert fox, bobcats, mountain lions, raptors, and migratory birds. Through a complex multi-year process involving grants and private donations, the newly formed Oswit Land Trust purchased this gorgeous desert landscape in perpetuity.

The Oswit Land Trust continues to build on its success and has saved three additional endangered habitats in the Coachella Valley.

Palm Hills is over 3,000 acres of spectacular hillside habitat, home to Palm Springs’ popular “goat trails,” and the result of more than 30 years of work by local conservation groups. It is one of the largest acquisitions for conservation in the history of the Coachella Valley.

Mesquite Ridge is nearly 30 acres of hillside habitat boasting diverse vegetation and home to 1/4 mile of Palm Springs’ popular South Lykken Trail.

Prescott Preserve is being restored from its former state as a golf course into a spectacular nature preserve complete with an educational nature center. In the heart of Palm Springs, 120 acres will be protected along with 1.2 miles of Tahquitz Creek, a critical wildlife corridor.   

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Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Ample free public parking is available. Enter at Hyatt on Palm Canyon Drive or in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 
CAMP Theater, Hyatt Palm Springs, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: All images courtesy of Oswit Land Trust 

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