SD County Endangered Species Act Protections

Good news though decades late: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed federal Endangered Species Act legal protections for San Diego County’s special Hermes copper butterfly. The Chaparral Lands Conservancy Director David Hogan submitted the first formal documents requesting Endangered Species Act protection for this wonderful little butterfly about 29 years ago in 1991 and wrote a second and much more though petition on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity [link] in 2004. Sprawl development, climate change and related unnaturally frequent wildfire, and chaparral-shredding programs by Calfire and the U.S. Forest Service are the greatest threats to the species.

“This butterfly is one among dozens of endangered species in San Diego that are extremely specialized to our unique environment,” Hogan said. “San Diego County has an extraordinarily high concentration of endangered species.”

For the full article: Hermes copper butterfly lives almost exclusively in San Diego County, where its habitat has been burned or built over

Request For Proposals – Qualified Contractors

REMINDER – DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS THIS FRIDAY JANUARY 17, 5PM

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – RAREST PLANTS PROPAGATION PROJECT

Project Budget: $25,000.00

The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is requesting proposals from qualified professional contractors for its Rarest Plants Propagation Project to improve the conservation status of three sensitive or endangered plants: Orcutt’s brodiaea; Orcutt’s spineflower; and short-leaved dudleya.

Please contact Dave Hogan for a copy of the RFP or with any questions at director@chaparralconservancy.org or 760 809-9244.



Los Angeles Times on Chaparral

This story in the Los Angeles Times is a great primer on the value and threats to native chaparral vegetation in California. More people in more sprawl developments and more infrastructure like roads and power lines mean more accidental wildfires. According to the article, “Frequent big fires mean that shrublands that would naturally burn at intervals of 30 to 60 years — or even a century or more — are sometimes torched at intervals of a decade or less. When that happens, resprouting species don’t have sufficient time to regrow. Non-sprouting shrubs can’t reach maturity and shower the ground with a new seed bank. Invaders can then take over in a process ecologists call type conversion.

More wildfires, drought and climate change bring devastating changes to California wildlands

FEDERALLY ENDANGERED DEL MAR MANZANITA
FEDERALLY ENDANGERED DEL MAR MANZANITA GROWING OUT OF BEAUTIFUL ERODED TORREY SANDSTONE FORMATION.

The Chaparral Lands Conservancy In the News

Check out the recent TV news on The Chaparral Lands Conservancy’s exciting work to supplement a population of one of San Diego’s rarest plants, the short-leaved liveforever. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is so much more than epic views and it’s important that visitors stay on trails to avoid trampling the many little animal and plant residents that call this place home.

San Diego’s Liveforever plant nearing extinction

Work underway to save endangered plant at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Carmel Mountain Dudleya
The sprouting short-leaved Dudleya appears to thrive in tiny saturated patches of soil amidst hard sandstone along steep edges of coastal mesas. These areas are often trampled as people seek prime ocean and sunset views.
Blooming short-leaved Dudlea
Blooming short-leaved Dudlea. This extremely rare plant grows at only five places on the planet in just a few square miles of north coastal San Diego County.

CLC Begins Work On Otay Mesa Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration Project

The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is pleased to announce the start of work on our Otay Mesa Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration Project I following years of planning, permitting, and fundraising. This week, our contractor RECON Environmental is removing years of dense weed cover so we can see and mark the ground and install erosion control measures before grading in November.

Otay Mesa Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration Project

Otay Mesa Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration Project

Request for Proposals — Biological Monitoring for the Otay Mesa Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration Project

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: October 26, 2018, 5pm

Maximum bid: $80,000.00

Optional Site Meeting: October 18 or 19, 2018 (To be determined)

The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is requesting proposals from qualified professional contractors for biological monitoring services for TCLC’s Otay Mesa Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration Project over four years.

Download the RFP in PDF format
Download the Restoration and Enhancement Plan in PDF format

Request For Proposals — Biological Monitoring for the Proctor Valley ORV Site B Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration Project

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: October 26, 2018, 5pm

Maximum bid: $50,000.00

Optional Site Meeting: October 18 or 19, 2018 (To be determined)

The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is requesting proposals from qualified professional contractors for biological monitoring services for TCLC’s Proctor Valley ORV Site B Vernal Pool Habitat Restoration Project over two – three years.

Download the RFP in PDF format
Download the Restoration and Enhancement Plan in PDF format

Looking for a great job with a great organization doing great work to conserve San Diego’s natural environment?

Then look no further. Our friends at the San Diego Audubon Society are seeking a new Director of Conservation.

San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS) is a non-profit organization working to promote the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in and around San Diego County. We seek a highly-motivated individual with a professional background in grassroots environmental advocacy and policy, conservation science and planning, and habitat restoration to serve as our Director of Conservation. If you have both a passion for and strong experience in environmental advocacy, endangered species protection and habitat restoration, excel at engaging partners, stakeholders, and volunteers, and have excellent project management and writing skills, we want to hear from you.

Please visit the San Diego Audubon Society website for details and contact information.

Request for Proposals – Proctor Valley Vernal Pool & Uplands Habitat Restoration Project

Deadline for Notification of Intent to Participate in Mandatory Site Meeting: May 2, 2018, 5pm

Deadline for Proposals: May 18, 2018, 5pm

The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is requesting proposals from qualified professional contractors for a project to enhance and restore vernal pool wetlands, associated uplands, and endangered and sensitive species on nineteen acres in south San Diego County, California, over approximately three years. Please see the linked request for proposals and associated restoration plan.

Download the RFP in PDF format
Download the Restoration and Enhancement Plan in PDF format
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Request for Proposals – Crest Canyon Invasive Plant Control Project

Proposal Deadline: February 16, 201, 5:00 pm

The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is requesting proposals from qualified professionals for a project to control invasive plant weeds in the Crest Canyon Preserve in the Del Mar Heights Community of the City of San Diego during two winter seasons in 2018 and 2019.

Please note that applicants should be prepared to begin work on the project no later than February 26, 2018 (weather permitting).

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