Category Archives: The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Green Jobs To Stimulate Local Economy-The Escondido Creek Conservancy Provides Jobs through Conservation.

The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) is helping put people back to work through jobs in conservation. As a result of winning numerous highly competitive grants, over the next few months, the Conservancy will be hiring various contractors—from restoration specialists to computer animation designers—to help with conservation projects throughout the Escondido Creek watershed in Northern San Diego County.

“Conservation jobs can help heal the environment and also help the struggling economy, “ said Richard Murphy, president of the Conservancy. “We are pleased to help people get back to work.”

A 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Conservancy has been successful in competing for grant funds set aside for state and federal conservation projects. When shut-downs from the pandemic were first announced, the Conservancy had just been awarded a $552,097 grant from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that promised more conservation jobs for Escondido. The grant-funded work will help reduce the risk of fire by transforming non-native, flammable landscapes into native habitat.

“Since there’s enough room to maintain social distancing while performing restoration work, we haven’t had to slow down progress, in fact, we are ramping up efforts this year,” said Juan Troncoso, Conservation Associate for the Conservancy.

In 2019, the Conservancy provided $327,000 to support crews from the San Diego Urban Corps, Habitat West, California Tree Services, and the California Conservation Corps, which performed non-native invasive species removal on Conservancy preserves and nearby private properties. Part of that money came from a $380,873 grant from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife that will support the restoration of Reidy Creek through 2021. The Conservancy also hired independent contractors to conduct biological surveys, cultural surveys, and baseline monitoring on Conservancy projects. In 2020, the Conservancy will begin work on a restoration buffer at the Mountain Meadow Preserve, continue restoration work at Reidy Creek, and begin invasive species removal in the Harmony Grove and Elfin Forest areas, all with the support of private companies employing local workers. Additionally, the Conservancy is hiring a computer animation team to help conceptualize an ambitious project to create a “park within a park” in Grape Day Park along Escondido Creek, funded by a grant the Conservancy won from the California Department of Water Resources.

The Conservancy has been able to win competitive grants and turn those wins into real jobs that, in turn, help support other jobs within the local economy. By doing so, the Conservancy has stayed strong in its mission of creating natural, viable ecosystems that support vibrant urban communities.

The Escondido Creek Conservancy Invites You To Help Support Local Wildlife “Corridors”

The Escondido Creek Conservancy Invites You To Help Support Local Wildlife “Corridors”

The benefit to be held on land previously proposed for development The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) invites the public to support North County’s imperiled wildlife at “Corridors,” a benefit on May 30th, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Guests are invited to the George Sardina, MD Preserve in Escondido for hayride tours of the land, local beer and wine, acoustic music, delicious artisan pizza, and an intimate wildlife encounter. Early Bird ticket prices start at $125 per person and are available at VIP pricing and corporate sponsorships are also available. All proceeds help continue the Conservancy’s conservation and education programs in North County San Diego.

This outdoor event takes place on George Sardina, MD Preserve, which was protected in 2019 as part of the Conservancy’s highly successful Save 1000 Acres campaign to help create permanent wildlife corridors for mule deer, mountain lions, and other wildlife. The 282-acre parcel was previously proposed for development and has been heavily impacted by prior uses. This is a unique opportunity to see a property in the beginning stages of habitat restoration and talk to local wildlife experts about the importance of conservation.

Guests at “Corridors” will hear from its non-profit partner Lumbercycle about how the Conservancy is recycling non-native trees to help fight climate change, and they will meet rescued birds of prey from Sky Hunters. The Mountain Lion Foundation and a UC Davis field scientist will also be present to discuss how the Conservancy’s work supports the research underway on mountain lion populations in Southern California—which are at risk of local extinction.

The Conservancy encourages the community to share their passion for this work and invite family, friends, and neighbors to support the Conservancy’s work, which has helped protect over 8,000 acres from development and provides outdoor education to every third grader in the Escondido Unified School District.