Save Oswit Canyon in Palm Springs CA

What is Oswit Canyon?

Oswit Canyon is on S. Palm Canyon adjacent to the Canyon Heights neighborhood and the south trailhead for the S. Lykken Trail. It’s a spectacular canyon; and is home to endangered bighorn sheep, desert fox, bobcats, mountain lions, migratory birds, raptors and other wildlife. Although this canyon is wholly within the City of Palm Springs, we are literally attempting to preserve an international asset. Ask the hikers along the S. Lykken trail or those who know about Oswit Canyon. These two trails are known across the planet.

Unfortunately, a developer owns 114 acres on the alluvial fan adjacent to the canyon. They want to destroy it by building several hundred homes on it. We can't let this happen! The developer finally (after a 3 year battle) agreed to sell us the land if we can raise the funds by December 31, 2019. We’ve gathered together the majority of the funding needed from public funds. But we have a gap of one million dollars left. That’s where you come in. This is a true public/private venture. Join us! Help save this unique canyon.

Existing Canyon Heights (upper right) is adjacent to undeveloped Oswit Canyon. Red outline is the owner’s property boundary. The right side is S. Palm Canyon, where you can see cars parked daily for hiking. North is up in this photo.

Existing Canyon Heights (upper right) is adjacent to undeveloped Oswit Canyon. Red outline is the owner’s property boundary. The right side is S. Palm Canyon, where you can see cars parked daily for hiking. North is up in this photo.

Last proposed housing development submitted to the Palm Springs City Council overlain onto the canyon. The left side of this photo shows the 1/4 mile long retention dam that will be visible from that property to anyone on S. Palm Canyon, Indian Canyons, Canyon Heights, most of Andreas Hills, and all nearby hiking trails due to its elevation. That eyesore alone will permanently alter the landscape of Palm Springs forever.

Last proposed housing development submitted to the Palm Springs City Council overlain onto the canyon. The left side of this photo shows the 1/4 mile long retention dam that will be visible from that property to anyone on S. Palm Canyon, Indian Canyons, Canyon Heights, most of Andreas Hills, and all nearby hiking trails due to its elevation. That eyesore alone will permanently alter the landscape of Palm Springs forever.

Don’t let this…

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Become this…

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Impacts

  • The S. Lykken Trail and Oswit Canyon are prime internationally known ecotourist destinations in Palm Springs that draw thousands annually. Development here would remove them forever.

  • This area is home to endangered Peninsular Bighorn sheep, and other flora and fauna unique to this area.

  • Development of this alluvial fan would result in the building of a massive 1/4 mile long retention dam at the back of the development. It would permanently scar the land and be viewable by tens of thousands, including the owners of any homes in that development. It would be impossible to hide a structure that long and at that elevation.

  • Decrease home values both during and after construction, which would last up to ten years.

  • Orange County (CA) suburban housing development plan is totally unlike anything ever built in Palm Springs.

  • Increased noise and dust.

  • Another possible failed development after the destruction of the canyon.

  • Increased light pollution.

Peninsular Bighorn Sheep in Oswit Canyon

Peninsular Bighorn Sheep in Oswit Canyon

Who Are We?

  • Save Oswit Canyon, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization (EIN 83-2006672) that exists solely to save the canyon.

  • Save Oswit Canyon, Inc. is a local all volunteer organization.

  • Since organizing in 2016 we’ve collected over 5000 signatures for an initiative to rezone the property from dense housing to environmentally sensitive, lobbied city officials, held rallies and meetings, filed litigation against the developer, and educated the public. However, it’s now clear that the only way to prevent this land from being developed is to purchase it as open space for future generations.

Save Oswit Canyon presents 5000 petition signatures to City Hall to stop development in Oswit.

Save Oswit Canyon presents 5000 petition signatures to City Hall to stop development in Oswit.

You Can Help!

  • Settlement price from mediation is $8.6 million. We have found the majority of the funding needed from public sources. However, we must raise $1,000,000 from the public by DECEMBER 31, 2019 or the developer will move ahead with a construction plan. This deadline was a result of mediation among the City of Palm Springs, the property owners and Save Oswit Canyon, Inc. in June, 2019. This is extremely urgent due to the time crunch. You can help by offering a substantial donation. Since we are a 501c3 your donation is tax deductible.

How to Donate

There are multiple ways to donate. Click here.

Get Involved

  • Host a fundraiser ‘house’ party for your neighborhood. Contact Jane Garrison (President, Save Oswit Canyon, Inc.) at jane.garrison66@gmail.com. She will give you all the info.

  • Attend a house party. Click here for the calendar.

  • Request a yard sign for your home or business.

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The above vid is from our very first rally back in 2016.

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