Three cheers for the SDRVLC!!! Great strides continue to be made toward achieving the goal of a 70 mile Coast to Crest Trail from the beach in Del Mar to the top of Vulcan Mountain near Julian. In addition to acquiring lands, the Conservancy completes trails, restores habitats and is involved with educational programs. For example it offers the Exploring Sense of Place program which gives adults the opportunity to become acquainted with the various ecosystems within the watershed of the San Dieguito River. I took the course and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves the outdoors.
The primary role of this land conservancy is to buy key parcels within the San Dieguito river watershed to preserve open space. It's largest purchase was Bernardo Mountain, seen on the west as you cross Lake Hodges on 1-15, south of Escondido. It has expanded its role by assisting the Park with funds for trails, bridges and buildings. It has excellent leadership in Peter Shapiro, President and Trish Boaz, Executive Director.
Loved the SDRVLC Sense of Place course that took us to a different part of the park each month. Have enjoyed many hikes with friends in this beautiful area. SDRVLC does a great job growing and maintaining this open land resource for us all to enjoy.
I strongly believe in what the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is doing to preserve rapidly vanishing open space in the San Dieguito River watershed against all kinds of difficult obstacles. Living right next to the watershed, I can see direct hand the damage land development has done and is doing that impacts in a very negative way the natural beauty and wildlife of the area. When we have out of town guests, I like to hike the trails near Lake Hodges to show them there still is some open space near our sprawling San Diego metropolis. And the trail from the beach to the mountains demonstrates our diversity in landscapes and wildlife in the area.
My wife and I were attracted to the Conservancy through its Exploring our Sense of Place outdoor education/hiking program. We were hooked! Great leadership attracts good people as active members, yet the San Dieguito River Park seems to be San Diego County's best kept secret. The Conservancy's outreach program has really taken off in the past few years with its Citizen Science (elementary and high school age) program and the new Watershed Explorers program, where kids who would likely never climb a mountain or learn about a chaparral "forest" get a chance to learn that there's a lot to like about being outdoors. The Conservancy's most exciting project has to be the Coast to Crest Trail through the San Dieguito River Park--70 miles (when completed) of contiguous hiking/biking and horse back riding opportunities from sea level to 5,000 feet on a mountain peak 50 miles inland. The excitement surrounding the Coast to Crest Trail is contagious. Can't wait for it all to connect up!
The San Dieguito River Valley Land Conservancy is an ambitious project to protect the environment and construct a 70-mile trail from Del Mar to Volcan Mountain (the "coast-to-crest trail"). I am one of 1300 conservancy members and I am proud of the progress made to date in partnership with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, landowners, citizens, and government agencies in an effort to preserve and protect our natural resources while respecting the rights of private property. Given the latest research on the healing power of nature (Time Magazine, 2016, Vol. 188, No. 4, pp. 24-26), every concerned citizens should support projects like the ones promoted by the conservancy to secure the future health of our planet and its people.
I appreciate this organization's commitment and tenacity to preserve outdoor space in our backyards for current and future generations to enjoy. There is nothing quite like nature to calm, yet reinvigorate your soul. There is also a sense of responsibility to educate and inspire the public about conservation. I have benefited so much by being a member of this group over the years.
Another great year of producing top notch education, conservation and recreation projects in support of the San Dieguito River Park and the entire watershed. Successes include: Citizen Science, Watershed Explorers and Exploring Your Sense of Place educational programs; Crest Canyon and Fairbanks Ranch restoration; and River Path Del Mar extension and Pamo Valley trail segment of the Coast to Crest Trail. Plus, Exec Treks and many other special hikes and events!
An exceptional group of volunteers dedicated to the support and enhancement of the San Dieguito River Park and the important and ecologically varied San Dieguito River Valley watershed. The Conservancy leads many activities to promote the conservation, education and recreational aspects of the river valley like the Citizen Science program and invasive species management projects. It raises funds to plan and implement major projects such as the "Birdwing" Outdoor Classroom, now used by thousands of school children each year, as well as the continued expansion of the Coast to Crest Trail.
The SDRVC has lived up to its mission to conserve, restore, educate and connect people and land through helping to realize a 55 mile stretch of trail from the mountains to the ocean.
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is a great asset to our community as they help preserve the natural open spaces in the San Dieguito River watershed. For 30 years with the help of an amazing group of local volunteers they have restored habitat, led guided hikes, and educated youth about the local environment . Given the tremendous amount of growth and change in our region, it is important to have a group like this protecting our natural habitat for us and generations to come.