We’re poised to welcome big wins in resource conservation, with audacious goals and a regional vision that envelopes hundreds of native plant, tree and animal species.
Now in its 23rd year, the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) works across political boundaries – providing a partner list and action plan for County-wide conservation efforts.
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on the agenda in 2020:
We will add an estimated 550 acres of land to our preserve
portfolio by the end of Fiscal Year 2019/20. This is set to
expand the footprint of our open space preserves to more than 42,000
based on preliminary reporting for 2019.
We will focus efforts on the North County Plan – adding new land
and partners and soliciting support from local communities to help
protect open space for future generations to enjoy.
We will increase monitoring at 20 parks/preserves. These
include Barnett Ranch County Preserve, Boulder Oaks County Preserve,
Del Dios Highlands County Preserve, El Capitan County Preserve, El
Monte County Park, Hellhole Canyon County Preserve, Lakeside
Linkage, Lawrence and Barbara Daley, Louis A. Stelzer County Park,
Lusardi Creek County Preserve, Mt. Olympus County Preserve, Oakoasis
County Park, Ramona Grasslands County Preserve, Santa Margarita
County Preserve, Simon County Preserve, Stoneridge County Preserve,
Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch County Preserve, Tijuana River Valley
Regional Park and Wilderness Gardens County Preserve. The
Furby-North property is also included in the monitoring
We will work on Public Access Plans for two preserves –
Dictionary Hill and Keys Creek – holding four public meetings to
share information with, and collect feedback from, the residents
We will complete five new or updated Resource Management Plans.
Locations include Bottle Peak County Preserve, Boulder Oaks
County Preserve, Lusardi Creek County Preserve, and Mountain Meadow
County Preserves, along with Tijuana River Valley Regional Park.
DID YOU KNOW? The Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP)
balances protection of habitat and species with recreation,
development, and agricultural activities. Enacted by the County in
1997 with 11 other jurisdictions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and various community
stakeholders, this 50-year agreement preserves native vegetation and
wildlife across a 900-square-mile swath of land in southwestern San
Diego County. The MSCP is forecast to be the largest urban preserve in
the United States.