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San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

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History

In 1986, a group of citizens from Solana Beach and Del Mar created the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Over the years, we have grown from a group of about 10 to over 1,200 members, acquired over ___ acres of land, and accelerated the development of the Coast to Crest Trail.

1986

Conservancy formed around kitchen tables. A small group of citizens from the coastal area and Rancho Santa Fe begin the work to protect the San Dieguito Watershed.

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.

1994

Conservancy publishes the first issue of its quarterly newsletter Currents.

1997

Conservancy celebrates its 10th anniversary. Membership has grown from 10 to 350. The Conservancy has been actively supporting the development of the River Park, protecting and restoring land in the watershed, fighting against inappropriate land development, and planning and building public trails.

1998

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

2000

Conservancy raises $500,000 to ensure the purchase of the 5,400-acre Santa Ysabel Ranch.

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.

2003

Conservancy membership exceeds 1,000 people.

2005

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

2007

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

2014

Conservancy opens 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.