Member Spotlight: San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

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October 01, 2018

Tell us about your company.

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy preserves, protects, and shares the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation, and mobilize public support.


What products or services does your business provide?

Acquisition of Open Space: Acquire land within the 94,000-acre San Dieguito River watershed for open space purposes.

Coast to Crest Trail: We work with partners, including the San Dieguito River Park JPA members to accelerate the completion of the 70-mile Coast-to-Crest Trail, which will span from the beach in Del Mar to the crest of Volcan Mountain in Julian. At the end of 2018, over 48 miles of the trail will be completed.

Habitat Restoration and Fuel Reduction Programs: We coordinate programs with landowners to rehabilitate, maintain and protect the natural resources (habitats, land, rivers, streams, historical etc.) within the San Dieguito River Valley by controlling invasive species and restoring native vegetation. The Conservancy engages over 400 volunteers annually in stewardship projects.

Outdoor Education: We provide and participate in outdoor education programs for both youth and adults within the diverse San Dieguito River Valley landscape. Programs include: in-the-field seminars on the biology, geology, hydrology and cultural history of the San Dieguito River Valley; expert-led hikes; and lectures.

Citizen Science: Citizen science takes advantage of the fact that visitors to the San Dieguito River valley are constantly observing their surroundings as they hike, bike or ride their horse on our trails. This program offers residents, volunteers, trail users and other outdoor enthusiasts a way to actively contribute to the betterment of their local outdoor spaces; they can be a field scientist for a day. It also offers students, when combined with school and university programs, a great way to get hands-on learning opportunities.

River Path Del Mar: The River Path Del Mar provides a scenic overlook of the San Dieguito Lagoon and River, complete with interpretive signage of the flora and fauna of the River and Lagoon. The existing trail goes from Jimmy Durante Blvd westwards to the coast and parallels the south edge of the River, providing beautiful water views and information regarding this important wetland and natural resource. In 2016, the River Path was extended along the east side of Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the Old Grande Avenue Bridge. The City of Del Mar and Conservancy are working on the 3rd extension of the River Path from the Overlook east to the Crest Canyon Preserve trailhead, expected to be completed in 2021.

Watershed Explorers Program: The purpose of the Watershed Explorers Program is to provide an opportunity for students to get outdoors and learn what a watershed is and why its health is important for preserving wildlife and plants, supplying water and keeping water clean. As they experience the outdoors, students develop a "sense of place" and appreciation for the environment - recognizing they play a role in keeping the natural community a thriving ecosystem.


What was the most memorable or successful moment in your business' history?

The most memorable moment in our history was the acquisition of Bernardo Mountain. The defining land feature for anyone crossing Lake Hodges on I-15 is Bernardo Mountain, seen to the north of the lake and west of the freeway. In 2001, the Conservancy launched a fundraising program to protect Bernardo Mountain from real estate development, and in 2002, Bernardo Mountain became permanent open space and a landmark within the San Dieguito River Park. In less than two months, over 1,000 members of our community contributed more than $600,000 to match $3 million in grants to acquire Bernardo Mountain.


Tell us an interesting fact about your business.

Our mascot is Dieguito the Squirrel


What tips/advice can you offer that is related to your business' industry?

Donor support makes up 70% of our basic operations with each dollar donated to the Conservancy being leveraged 15 times through public, private and corporate grants.


Do you have any upcoming events or information you want your fellow Chamber Members and the community to know about?

Our Annual River Valley Fest "Filling in the Gaps" will be held at the L'Auberge Del Mar on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. We will have a hosted reception, silent and live auctions, gourmet buffet dinner, and live entertainment by Gregory Page. Make your reservations at Chamber members use discount/promotion codes chamber1 for individual reservation or chamber2 for a couple reservation.


For more information on San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy visit

Trish Boaz, Executive Director, 858-472-3075