San Dieguito River Valley ConservancySan Dieguito
River Valley Conservancy
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92,000 Acres

SDRVC has a 30+ year record of moving the vision of a 92,000-acre San Dieguito River Park and its 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail from the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain north of Julian to a maturing reality

30+ Year Record

SDRVC is led by a citizen Board of Directors and is supported in our activities and financially by more than 2,000 Conservancy members

Joint Partners

SDRVC partners with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, citizens, land owners, governments and other stakeholders to ensure coordinated protection of our natural resources while fully respecting and protecting private property rights

We have a 30+-year record of moving the creation of a 92,000-acre San Dieguito River Park and its 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail from Del Mar to Julian from a vision to reality.

The Conservancy is supported by more than 2,000 Conservancy members. We partner with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, other non-profit organizations, citizens, landowners, governments, and other stakeholders conserve our natural resources, educate our community, and provide recreational opportunities throughout the San Dieguito River watershed.

MISSION

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy preserves, protects, and shares the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation, and mobilize public support.

THE SAN DIEGUITO WATERSHED & RIVER PARK

The San Dieguito River watershed headwaters flow from springs on Volcan Mountain north of Julian and meanders some 55 miles through conifer and oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral to the San Dieguito Lagoon between Del Mar and Solana Beach. It is the most intact watershed remaining in San Diego County and contains a variety of diverse ecosystems, plants, and wildlife.

COAST TO CREST TRAIL

Since 1986, the Conservancy has been working with its partners to develop and complete the planned 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail. When complete, the Coast to Crest Trail will be a multi-use trail connecting the ocean at Del Mar to Volcan Mountain north of Julian. It will allow the public to explore the entire length of the San Dieguito Watershed and all its diverse, natural beauty. Interpretive panels and signage will provide educational opportunities along the trail.

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Timeline

Click on dates to learn about the conservancy's history of accomplishments and support.

  1. 1986

    A small group of citizens from the coastal area and Rancho Santa Fe form the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy to protect the San Dieguito Watershed.

  2. 1989

    Conservancy successfully supports the establishment of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, a multi-governmental agency representing the six jurisdictions along the river corridor.

  3. 1990 - 1996

    Conservancy and its partners work to secure the River Park by acquiring land and resisting efforts to develop areas within the watershed, along with building community support and public awareness of the River Park and its mission.

  4. 1997

    By its 10th anniversary, Conservancy membership has grown from 10 to 350. The Conservancy continues to actively support the development of the River Park by protecting and restoring land in the watershed, fighting against inappropriate land development, and planning and building public trails.

  5. 1998

    Conservancy raises $200,000 to match a national foundation grant to purchase and protect land on Volcan Mountain.

  6. 2000

    Conservancy partners with the River Park to raise $650,000 in just two months, which, along with state grants, is used to purchase 232 acres on Bernardo Mountain.

  7. 2002

    Conservancy partners with the River Park to raise $650,000 in just two months, which, along with state grants, is used to purchase 232 acres on Bernardo Mountain.

  8. 2003

    Conservancy membership exceeds 1,000 people.

  9. 2005

    Conservancy raises $340,000 in public donations and receives a state grant of $800,000 to purchase 352 acres of Lake Sutherland East.

  10. 2007

    Conservancy celebrates its 20th anniversary and launches a program to accelerate the development of the Coast to Crest Trail.

  11. 2014

    The Conservancy, County of San Diego and the San Dieguito River Park JPA open the Birdwing Open Air Classroom in the San Dieguito Lagoon. Designed by Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, the Birdwing won an award for urban solutions from the local chapter of American Institute of Architects. It is used to host a variety of educational and recreational programs in the Lagoon.

  12. 2015

    Conservancy saves the San Dieguito Lagoon Boardwalk from being removed by the State of California.

  13. 2016

    The Conservancy, City of Del Mar and County of San Diego complete the construction of the River Path Del Mar from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the Grand Avenue Overlook.

The Conservancy is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by more than 1,300 Conservancy members. It partners with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, other non-profit organizations, citizens, landowners, governments, and other stakeholders conserve our natural resources, educate our community, and provide recreational opportunities throughout the San Dieguito River watershed.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Board of Directors are elected to two three-year terms.

Officers include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Corporate Secretary, and Past President.

Conservancy Board of Directors Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month. Please contact our office at (858) 755-6956 or sdrvc@sdrvc.org for the agenda and to confirm the meeting date and location.

Board Members

Brad Bartlett, President
Escondido resident. Retired real estate attorney.
Nate Northup, Vice-President
Poway resident. Retired attorney.
Peter DeFrancesca, CPA Treasurer
Solana Beach resident. Certified Public Accountant with AKT, Carlsbad.
Katharine Sheehan, M.D., Secretary
Del Mar Resident. Private practice OB-GYN.
Peter Shapiro, Past President
Rancho Santa Fe resident. Managing Director of Sage Leadership Coaching and retired human resources executive.

Bill Adelson, AIA MBA
Ramona resident. Director of West Coast Operations, Solaire Sunpower carports.

Slader Buck
Carlsbad resident. Deputy Project Leader, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Keith Colestock
Santa Luz resident. Retired Investment Advisor.

Shelley Glenn Lee
Carmel Mountain Ranch resident. Elementary Teacher at High Tech Elementary North County.

Donald Mosier, Ph.D., M.D.
Del Mar resident. Professor Emeritus in the Department of Immunology & Microbial Science at the Scripps Research Institute.

Immo Scheffler, Ph.D.
Del Mar Resident. Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego.

Robert Sheppard
Carlsbad resident. Retired college professor.

William Simmons, J.D.
La Jolla resident. Attorney at Law.

CONSERVANCY ADVISORY BOARD

The Conservancy Board is assisted in setting strategic direction and reviewing Conservancy operations.

Advisory Board Members assist on Conservancy projects based on their expertise and experience. The present members of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Advisory Board:

Lynn Benn
Judy Bernstein
Susan Carter
Elizabeth Dernetz
Kimberly Heller Godwin
Tom Golich
Chris Khoury, M.D.
Ramona Salisbury Kiltz
David Kreitzer
John Seiber
Pam Slater-Price
Oliver Ryder, Ph.D

STAFF

Trish Boaz, Executive Director

Hired in 2013, Trish brings over 25 years of experience in conservation and environmental protection, as well as established positive relationships with many of the Conservancy’s partners. She has previously worked for the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, where she oversaw the implementation of the Multiple Species Conservation Program and managed the award-winning County Trails Program. She coordinated the County’s acquisition of over 7,100 acres of open space lands. Trish also volunteers as a crisis interventionist with the City of San Diego Police Department.

Jack Hughes, Conservation Manager

As Conservation Manager, Jack is responsible for the coordination and implementation of conservation programs for the SDRVC. He will continue to lead habitat-restoration projects in the San Dieguito River watershed and take an active role in SDRVC’s efforts to improve water quality, including through participation in projects that implement regional water-quality programs.

“The Conservancy has a commitment to collaboration, to reaching out and being a catalyst for habitat restoration in the watershed and that’s what I am interested in doing,” Jack said. “I’m really looking forward to working with all the different partners and finding those common areas and ways we can move forward.”

Jack will also work with SDRVC’s partners to bring the most effective scientific methods and tools to bear on conservation and field research projects, and lead the San Dieguito Citizen Science Monitoring Program.

Ana Lutz, Education Manager

As Education Manager, Ana is responsible for developing, implementing, leading and growing the Conservancy’s education and outreach programs, including Watershed Explorers, Watershed Explorers Experiences, Citizen Science, Coastal Wetlands Field Ecology Project, and others in the San Dieguito River Watershed.

Ana is a native San Diegan, born and raised in North County. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Cal State San Marcos, with a minor in Anthropology. Ana is extremely passionate about grassroots projects. “I think they are the foundation and the seeds that grow change. That’s what I’m most interested in doing. And partnering with communities-that’s where the real decision-making comes in, rather than top-down federal laws-your local laws really do matter, and your local officials,” she said.

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Financial Information

Form 990 – 2015

Form 990 – 2014

Federal Tax ID:  33-0191772

annual reports

2016-2017 Annual Report 

2015-2016 Annual Report