Long before any shovel can touch ground or seeds spread in our habitat restoration projects, complicated and time-consuming paperwork is needed to secure permits from several local, state, and federal agencies. For the Conservancy’s two flagship vernal pool restoration projects, six different permits were required, ranging from a right-of entry permit to conduct work on City of San Diego properties, to state and federal clean water and endangered species permits. These permits in turn required review under seven different environmental laws, the California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Quality Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and others. The Conservancy has been dedicated to complying with all regulations to make for the best possible projects and is thankful for the incredible support and assistance we’ve received from agency staff. We plan to finish permit processing this summer and restoration work on the ground this fall.
Want to help protect rare vernal pools? Join The Chaparral Lands Conservancy and the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department for a “Backyard Wilderness” work party to install fencing around vernal pools at the Carmel Mountain Preserve in Carmel Valley on four dates this winter and spring: February 4th and 25th and March 10th and 24th. Events run from 9am – noon and begin with a short walk to introduce the special nature of the preserve followed by fence construction. Please bring water and suitable work clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and to keep the sun off. Please RSVP to David Hogan for directions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-756-3864. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver, and parents or guardians must sign a waiver for minors. Heavy rain cancels. For more information on our Carmel Mountain Habitat Restoration Project please visit our Projects page.
Slowly but surely The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is making progress on complex planning and permitting for our first two vernal pool restoration projects. The projects are on Carmel Mountain and in Proctor Valley and we expect to break ground in summer 2012. We are also grateful for a grant from San Diego Gas and Electric to support the Conservancy’s “Backyard Wilderness” public outreach program for the Carmel Mountain vernal pool restoration project.
The Chaparral Lands Conservancy has been honored with 2 new grants for restoration of sensitive vernal pool habitat. For the second year in a row, the San Diego Foundation has funded the Conservancy’s Proctor Valley Vernal Pool Restoration Project. This year funding was provided to begin work at the first priority vernal pool restoration site in Proctor Valley located on land owned and protected by the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department. Another grant and technical assistance for our Carmel Mountain Habitat Restoration Project has been pledged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife and Coastal programs. We are grateful for this incredible support.