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

SDRVC has a 35+ 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 hundreds of enthusiastic Conservancy members.

Joint Partners

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

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.

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 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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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.

The Conservancy is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and is supported by hundreds of enthusiastic Conservancy members with initiatives for the conversation of River Valley. 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) 866-6956 or sdrvc@sdrvc.org for the agenda and to confirm the meeting date and location.

Board Members

Jim Smith, President
Del Mar Resident. Retired Electrical Engineer and Entrepreneur.
Slader Buck
Slader Buck, Vice President
Encinitas Resident. Retired – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Annu Chopra C.F.A., Secretary
Del Mar Resident. President, Purple Arrow Properties and Atlanta Advisors LLC.
Peter DeFrancesca, CPA., Treasurer
Solana Beach Resident. Retired from Aldrich CPAs + Advisors LLP.
Nate Northup, Past President
Poway resident. Retired attorney.

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

Joe Bonner
Solana Beach Resident, President & CEO, Solana Beach Capital LLC.

Keith Colestock
Santa Luz resident. Retired Investment Advisor.

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

Ellie Haviland
Del Mar resident. Former Mayor, City of Del Mar.

Lee Haydu
Solana Beach resident. Former Mayor, City of Del Mar and past member of the 22nd District Agricultural Association District Board of Directors.

Mark Hennenfent
Carmel Valley resident. President, M.H. Associates, LLC.

Dan King, J.D.
Carmel Valley resident, Assistant General Counsel-Federal Regulatory Law, Policy & Compliance-
San Diego Gas & Electric Company.

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

Robert Sheppard
Carlsbad resident. Retired college professor.

Gabriele Wienhausen, Ph.D.
La Jolla Resident, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego.

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
Karen Berger
Judy Bernstein
Elizabeth Dernetz
Kimberly Godwin
Tom Golich
Renita Greenberg
Chris Khoury
Eric Lodge
Oliver Ryder
John Seiber
Peter Shapiro
William Simmons
Pam Slater-Price

STAFF

Emily Kochert, interim executive director

Emily is an Advocate to Protect the San Dieguito River in Valley, CA

Emily Kochert has joined the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy as Conservation Manager. Kochert will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of conservation programs. She will lead habitat-restoration projects and take an active role in SDRVC’s efforts to address climate-change issues and improve water quality in the San Dieguito River watershed.
Kochert has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida and is in the process of earning a Masters of Natural Resources from Utah State University. She has a multi-disciplinary background including 20 years’ experience in natural and cultural resource management, environmental compliance, and Geographic Information Systems both in the public and private sectors.

Joseph Rivera, interim Conservation Manager

Joseph is an Advocate to Protect the San Dieguito River in Valley, CA

Joseph Rivera has joined the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy as Associate Conservation Manager. Rivera will assist Executive Director Trish Boaz and Conservation Manager Emily Kochert, with planning, coordinating, and implementing the SDRVC Citizen Science and Next to Nature (N2N) Programs as well as recruiting, training, and supervising SDRVC volunteers/docents.

As an intern at SDRVC from October 2019 to June 2020, Rivera conducted a research project measuring soil properties at the San Dieguito Lagoon, searching for factors limiting the growth of native marsh species, as well as invasive-species extraction efforts. He also assisted with restoring habitat and removing invasive plants. He has maintained wildlife cameras at multiple project sites.

Rivera volunteered at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the Isabel Rivera-Collazo’s Geosciences Research Lab and ACE Americorp doing habitat-restoration projects in Southern California.

Rivera has an AA in Earth Science and Natural Science from Los Angeles Valley College and a BS from UC San Diego in Environmental Systems: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution.

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