Save Oswit Canyon in Palm Springs CA

What is Oswit Canyon?

Oswit Canyon is a spectacular canyon in Palm Springs, CA that is home to endangered bighorn sheep, mountain lions, migratory birds and other wildlife. 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. This is a public/private venture. 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. Join us! Help save this unique canyon.

Oswit Canyon is on S. Palm Canyon adjacent to the Canyon Heights neighborhood and the south trailhead for the S. Lykken Trail.

Existing Canyon Heights (upper right) is adjacent to undeveloped Oswit Canyon. Red outline is the owner’s property boundary.

Existing Canyon Heights (upper right) is adjacent to undeveloped Oswit Canyon. Red outline is the owner’s property boundary.

Last proposed housing development submitted to the Palm Springs City Council overlain onto the canyon.

Last proposed housing development submitted to the Palm Springs City Council overlain onto the canyon.

Don’t let this…

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Become this…

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Impacts

  • The S. Lykken Trail and Oswit Canyon are prime 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.

  • Decrease home values both during and after construction.

  • 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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