GoFundMe account established to help Santa Rosa Plateau to recover

Tenaja Fire flames scorched areas around the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Visitor Center along Clinton Keith Road. Shane Gibson photo

MURRIETA — Ginger Greaves, Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation Inc. has organized a GoFundMe fundraiser to help the nonprofit organization raise money to make repairs to the reserve that was damaged by the Tenaja Fire in that started on Sept. 4.
The fire ravaged 1,926 acres in total and did significant damage to the reserve, causing it to close indefinitely while repair efforts are underway.
“The amazing firefighters took a stand to save the Reserve Visitor Center, but lush vegetation, trees and habitats along with the assets associated with property security, maintenance and the youth environmental education programs were lost,” Greaves wrote on the fundraising page. “The youth education programs funded by the SRP Nature Education Foundation are suspended until the Reserve is reopened.”
The fundraiser will also benefit the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation and Children’s Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau. Donations are 100% tax-deductible.
“The historical and research-rich Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve lost approximately 2,000 acres,” Greaves wrote. “The Reserve had not experienced an uncontrolled fire since it was set aside as a protected site 35 years ago.”
Greaves and the foundation hope to raise $100,000 in total. As of Saturday, Oct. 12, they had raised just more than $2,300.
To contribute to the fundraiser, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/srpfirefund?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet.

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