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Meet Ernie Cowan of Anza-Borrego Foundation in Borrego Springs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ernie Cowan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ernie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was captured by the beauty, open space, solitude, mystery and unique environment of the desert as a young Boy Scout when we visited to hike and camp. Eventually, I became a reporter for a San Diego Newspaper and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was part of my beat. I became involved with ABF because of their mission to acquire private inholdings within the park and transfer it to the state so the park would become whole.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a journey of love.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Anza-Borrego Foundation – what should we know?
The Anza-Borrego Foundation is operated by a dedicated group of volunteer board members and a young staff of professionals who are joined by a common love and appreciation of the park. As a partner with the park, our mission is to support park staff, educate the public and continue with our primary mission of land acquisition.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Over the years, the organization has continued to grow in success because of the champions who have served on our board, the many generous donors who have financially contributed to our efforts and a wonderful staff that has been able to move mountains to accomplish our goal. Personally, I have been inspired by previous board presidents such as Ralph Singer, Jimmy Smith and the late Ray Mouton.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 587 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA
  • Website:
  • Phone: 760-767-0446
  • Email:

Image Credit:
All photo taken by Ernie Cowan

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