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    Grant Awarded for Trails and Restoration in Tijuana River Valley Regional Park

    posted Feb 20, 2013, 1:41 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Feb 22, 2013, 11:57 AM ]

    Published on Feb 15, 2013

    The California Coastal Conservancy has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the County of San Diego for habitat restoration and new trails in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. The grant will go for construction of 6 ½ miles of multi-use trails, for revegetation and for removal of invasive, non-native weeds. Chairman Cox said the goal is to eventually build a 22-mile system of trails that will eventually connect to Border Field State Park, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the California Coastal Trail and the Bayshore Bikeway.

    Grant Awarded for Trails and Restoration in Tijuana River Valley Regional Park

    Cedar Creek Falls to open spring 2013 under new rules

    posted Jan 11, 2013, 2:11 PM by Margaret Hill

    Cedar Creek Falls

    20 Dec 2012

    Cedar Creek Falls: No jumping, no booze

    Jumping off the cliffs at Cedar Creek Falls and alcohol use in the area will be prohibited under new rules when the trail from the Ramona side reopens in April 2013. Users will also be required to pay for daily visitor passes. [Read the full article....]

    2012-12-18 Cedar Creek Falls visitor use permit system

    Riding trails under threat around the globe

    posted Jan 10, 2013, 11:11 PM by Margaret Hill

    11 Sep 2012

    Historic horse trails are being lost around the world at a worrying pace. The riders of today have a duty to protect and preserve them, suggests long rider Basha O'Reilly. [Read full article....]

    PCTA & ABF purchase 40 acres of open space

    posted Mar 26, 2012, 10:55 PM by Margaret Hill   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 1:49 PM ]

    17 Feb 2012

    Pacific Crest Trail Association and Anza-Borrego Foundation preserve open space

    The Pacific Crest Trail Association and the Anza-Borrego Foundation are pleased to announce the joint purchase of 40 acres within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

    The once privately held parcel located next to the Pacific Crest Trail will be preserved as open space and set aside for public use. This purchase ensures that this property will remain in its largely natural and untouched state and that the trail experience will continue unharmed.

    The parcel is located in Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California'sSection B at the top of Nance Canyon near Anza, Calif. One hundred forty miles north of Mexico, the purchase includes a riparian corridor, open grassland, chaparral and juniper woodland. Near the seasonal creek is a much-loved, sandy and beach-like campsite.

    "Through the generosity of our donors, we were able to partner on this purchase and help save this property from development," said Liz Bergeron, PCTA executive director. "It's highly likely that this parcel would have been sold for a house or some other project. Now it will be preserved for future generations."

    The 1774 and 1775-76 Anza Expeditions to California traveled up Nance Canyon from lower Coyote Canyon to the San Carlos Pass, exiting the desert to a greener more pastoral California. A Cahuilla Indian village was also located in this area.

    "It's a great property because it provides wildlife habitat, it has cultural and historic value," said Diana Lindsay, Anza-Borrego Foundation vice president of environmental affairs. "And it's a fabulous property for hikers on the PCT because it has water and can be used for camping."

    The Pacific Crest Trail runs along the southeast corner of this parcel. The PCTA identified the parcel as a priority for purchase in 2004 because of its proximity to the trail. Donations to the association's Land Protection Fund were used to pay for the conservation project. More than 200 miles of the trail remain on private land.

    A full press release and further details can be found here.

    S.D. County supervisors approve parks funding plan

    posted Oct 26, 2011, 8:14 PM by Cheryl Wegner

    25 October 2011: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ensure that the County's "vast and popular Parks and Recreation system can continue to thrive, no matter what’s going on with the larger economy or traditional funding sources."

    When asked, residents said overwhelmingly that "they wanted the County to maintain what it has. That includes 34 local parks, seven regional parks, more than 300 miles of trails, fishing lakes, open space preserves, campgrounds, five community centers, sports parks, historic sites, and more than 200 programs."

    Cabins in William Heise Park

    posted Oct 6, 2011, 2:53 PM by Cheryl Wegner   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 2:56 PM ]

    Here's a reminder that William Heise Park had eight new cabins put in this summer for those who like to camp in comfort!

    Beauty Mountain & Agua Tibia Wilderness expansion legislation

    posted Sep 22, 2011, 10:29 PM by Cheryl Wegner   [ updated Sep 22, 2011, 10:50 PM ]

    19 September 2011


    Boxer joins push for San Diego wilderness

    Rep. Issa introduced bill for North County lands in January

    Backcountry enthusiasts commonly take hikes like this one in 2010 to explore wilderness or proposed wilderness areas in the mountains of San Diego County.
    Backcountry enthusiasts commonly take hikes like this one in 2010 to explore wilderness or proposed wilderness areas in the mountains of San Diego County. — John Gastaldo

    U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Monday introduced the Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia Act of 2011, which would expand two existing wilderness areas in northern San Diego County.

    The bill is a Senate companion to legislation introduced in January and in the last Congress by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista.

    “By permanently protecting these natural treasures, we will ensure that future generations can continue to visit these places and revel in their scenic beauty while also boosting the tourism and recreation economy of San Diego County," Boxer, D-Calif., said in a statement.

    Her announcement came on the heels of a visit to the Beauty Mountain area on Saturday by David Hayes, deputy secretary of the U.S. Interior Department. He was on a fact-finding trip to support designations that have broad community and political support.

    To qualify for wilderness status, lands must already be federal property controlled by the Forest Service, the National Park Service and other agencies. Wilderness parcels generally exclude roads, buildings and power lines. After an area is designated as wilderness, the agencies can no longer reconfigure land-use plans to include development such as off-road vehicle courses, backcountry resorts and logging operations.

    The House and Senate bills would add more than 7,796 acres of public land to the existing Agua Tibia Wilderness and expand the Beauty Mountain Wilderness by an additional 13,635 acres. These areas are composed entirely of existing Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management properties, and are currently managed with wilderness-level protections. The legislation would ensure continued protections at the same level.

    Boxer's bill would also require the Bureau of Land Management to work closely with The Conservation Fund in order to build new recreational facilities at the Beauty Mountain Wilderness, allowing visitors more opportunities in that area.

    Conservationists praised the senator's move. “By introducing this companion legislation, Sen. Boxer honors the efforts of legions of volunteers who have worked for 15 years to establish wilderness protection in San Diego County,” said Geoffrey Smith of Wilderness4All, an organization which leads hikes into the area.

    Mike Lee: mike.lee@uniontrib.com; (619)293-2034; Follow on Twitter @sdutlee

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    Source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/sep/19/boxer-joins-push-san-diego-wilderness/

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    Black Oak Trail—West Branch: temporary closure

    posted Aug 11, 2011, 4:35 PM by Cheryl Wegner   [ updated Sep 29, 2011, 11:35 PM by Margaret Hill ]

    11 August 2011: Black Oak Trail (in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park) will be closed along the west side of Middle Peak, from Milk Ranch Road to where it connects with the Middle Peak Fire Rd.


    There is a mastication contract going on in that area, so there will be lots of noise. We will be informed when the trail reopens.

    Contact Person:

    Nedra Martinez

    California State Parks

    Colorado Desert District

    Sector Superintendent

    Palomar Mountain and Cuyamaca Rancho SP

    28 September 2011 (update): Black Oak Trail—East Branch: No reported issues.

    Ramona Grasslands Preserve opening ceremony

    posted Jun 9, 2011, 1:38 PM by Cheryl Wegner   [ updated Sep 10, 2011, 12:33 AM ]

    On Friday, 03 June 2011, the Ramona Grasslands Preserve was opened for public use following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new staging area off of Highland Valley Road just east of Archie Moore Road.


    Sweetwater Summit Regional Park expansion completed

    posted Mar 17, 2011, 11:38 PM by Cheryl Wegner   [ updated Mar 20, 2011, 2:14 PM ]

    A grand opening, with ribbon cutting ceremony, was held on 11 March 2011 to celebrate and showcase over $10 million of expansion and improvements that have been completed at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, including a new community center, 63 new campsites with full RV hookups, 2 new playgrounds, a splash park, a large pavilion, a multistation exercise circuit, and more.

    The 63 new campsites are now available for reservations online.


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