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Year 7 Coast to Crest Trail Challenge: It’s on!

Year 7 Coast to Crest Trail Challenge: It’s on!

| Hiking

Lace up those boots! The five hikes for the 2023-24 Coast to Crest Trail Challenge await! For this, Year 7, we’re pairing each hike with a monthly Walk N Talk. July’s hike took us to San Dieguito Lagoon. For Aug. 10, we’ll visit Santa Fe Valley. Complete the C2C Challenge series in any order, however … Continued

Wetlands work on track for summer 2024 completion

Wetlands work on track for summer 2024 completion

| Conservation, Hiking

A two-year, $87 million wetlands restoration in the river valley just east of Interstate 5 remains on target for completion by summer 2024. The San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration Project Phase II encompasses 84 acres between the freeway and El Camino Real. A fleet of earth-movers continues to remove soil and sculpt the terrain for a … Continued

Three Cheers for Volunteers!

Three Cheers for Volunteers!

| Events

Volunteers for the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and San Dieguito River Park JPA got the appreciation they deserve during an appreciation party May 19 at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. The band Prairie Sky furnished a bluegrass soundtrack while the Escondido restaurant Chicken Lisa’s and Your Mexican Favorites covered the catering. The well-fed and … Continued

Valley Vibes is on for June 2

Valley Vibes is on for June 2

| Events

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority welcome one and all to a very-fun, family fiesta from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Coastal Ranger Station on San Andres Drive at Via de la Valle in Del Mar. The first-ever Valley Vibes fundraising event includes … Continued

State awards $1.5 million for Rancho Santa Fe project

State awards $1.5 million for Rancho Santa Fe project

| Conservation

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has received $1.5 million from the Wildlife Conservation Board to restore 12.5 acres or riparian habitat in Rancho Santa Fe. Approved Feb. 15, the grant from the state agency will pay to remove invasive trees and plants and revegetate a quarter-mile stretch of high-value, riparian habitat north of Lusardi … Continued

An inspirational leader

An inspirational leader

| Volunteers

By Chris Khoury As a founding member of the Conservancy in 1986, Dave Kreitzer joined with other passionate community members in developing an incredibly ambitious effort to protect the entire San Dieguito River Valley. This audacious vision, promoted by Dave, has resonated and inspired so many. In his decades long enthusiastic, effective, and critical support … Continued

Farewell, David Kreitzer

Farewell, David Kreitzer

| Volunteers

David Kreitzer, a founder of San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, retired U.S. Air Force officer, student of botany and multifaceted volunteer in Rancho Bernardo, passed away Nov. 12 at the age of 94. His name is immortalized on the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge. The graceful structure just west of Interstate 15 in … Continued

Report tracks wetlands restoration

Report tracks wetlands restoration

| Conservation

Water quality at the San Dieguito Lagoon wetlands is in good standing. So is the density and variety of birds.  Researchers from the UC Santa Barbara also conclude that the presence of exotic and invasive species — the kind that can choke waterways and crowd out native plants — is very low. That’s all good. … Continued

Welcome, Ollie!

Welcome, Ollie!

| Conservation, Education

Advisory Board Member Oliver Ryder, Ph.D., has a new namesake. Please join us in welcoming “Ollie” to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and in saluting Dr. Ryder for his work as San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Director of Conservation Genetics. Ollie, the world’s second successfully cloned Przewalski’s horse, is thriving at his new home … Continued

Blakespear awards $1.4M for trail construction

Blakespear awards $1.4M for trail construction

| Conservation, Trails

State Sen. Catherine Blakespear has secured $1.4 million from the state budget to complete a one-mile segment of the Coast to Crest Trail near Fairbanks Ranch. Finishing the Osuna segment will connect the four westernmost miles of the regional trail to 27 contiguous miles to the east. “We are extremely grateful for these essential funds … Continued