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The MSCP Turns 20!

You’re invited! The Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) protects and connects the most valuable biological habitats in San Diego County, and on Saturday, Nov. 3, we’re celebrating the program’s 20-year anniversary with history tours, hikes, a bike ride, interpretive programs, animal demonstrations, games, food trucks, live music and more. 

The event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Penasquitos Adobe, located at 12122 Canyonside Park Drive, San Diego, CA 92129.

All are welcome, and there is no cost to attend this highly entertaining and interactive nature-themed event! More than 20 agency partners will be present to share information about conservation, sustainability and the plants, trees, animals and insects that call this region home.

Learn more on Facebook, and in the official event flyer. You can also peruse the 2017/18 brochure (coming soon!).

About the MSCP

Enacted by the County in 1997 in conjunction 11 other jurisdictions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and community stakeholders, the MSCP was envisioned to create the largest urban preserve in the country.

This 50-year agreement preserves, protects and connects the most valuable biological habitats in the region, while allowing development to occur in less sensitive areas.

Additionally, it works across political boundaries, providing a framework for region-wide conservation efforts. For example, the MSCP: Outlines geographic areas that should and can be protected; supports science and education on San Diego’s plant, tree and animal species – entertaining and activating park ambassadors; and identifies new access routes and connection points for recreational travel.

Collectively, we’ve saved many species – even entire ecosystems – from intrusive urban growth, with a model for conservation that has earned accolades at the national level.

Visit the MSCP web page for more information. 


Take a peek at some of our protected places and species:

  • California Gnatcatcher
    California Gnatcatcher
  • Louis A. Stelzer County Park
    Louis A. Stelzer County Park
  • San Diego Thornmint
    San Diego Thornmint
  • Quino Checkerspot Butterfly
    Quino Checkerspot Butterfly
  • Bottle Peak Watershed
    Bottle Peak Watershed
  • California Lilac
    California Lilac
  • Barrel Cactus
    Barrel Cactus
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