NEWS

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).

Download the RFP in PDF format
View RFP FAQ

What if everyone did one thing?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, organized citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

Mead’s quote has been some comfort during this past week that was so disappointing for San Diego environmentalists hoping to improve the City of San Diego’s Vernal Pool Habitat Conservation Plan. And it’s been a brutal year overall watching environmental and other progressive laws and agencies systematically dismantled by the Trump administration.

Fighting for vernal pools and the other special subtle nature of San Diego may seem like a fools errand. It’s not. One wealthy woman who cared saved Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve forever. One small group of Del Mar residents saved Torrey Pines Extension and another goup saved nearby Crest Canyon. One vernal pool scientist and her attorney saved an incredible vernal pool site in Tierra Santa. A small group saved the Carmel Mountain and Del Mar Mesa preserves and all their vernal pools. A small group saved Coyote Canyon in Anza Borrego Desert State Park from a freeway and stagnant flooding behind a proposed dam. One woman stopped the dam proposed to flood the sublime Pamo Valley near Ramona. One woman stopped a huge landfill in Campo. And one man has fought off the huge Fanita Ranch sprawl subdivision in Santee for over twenty years. Imagine what more could change for the better if everyone did one thing to fight to save nature.

Experienced Bookkeeper Wanted

The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is seeking an experienced bookkeeper proficient in Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks to assist the Executive Director with maintenance of financial records and preparation of invoices. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and willing to learn and use the organization’s existing system.

The bookkeeper will be an independent contractor and hours will vary. We estimate about 20 hours per month. The rate of pay is $25 per hour. To apply, please send your resume to: director@chaparralconservancy.org.