San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

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In 1986, a group of citizens from Solana Beach and Del Mar created the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Over the years, we have grown from a group of about 10 to over 1,200 members, acquired over ___ acres of land, and accelerated the development of the Coast to Crest Trail.


Conservancy formed around kitchen tables. A small group of citizens from the coastal area and Rancho Santa Fe begin the work to protect the San Dieguito Watershed.


Conservancy successfully supports the establishment of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, a multi-governmental agency representing the six jurisdictions along the river corridor.


Conservancy publishes the first issue of its quarterly newsletter Currents.


Conservancy celebrates its 10th anniversary. Membership has grown from 10 to 350. The Conservancy has been actively supporting the development of the River Park, protecting and restoring land in the watershed, fighting against inappropriate land development, and planning and building public trails.


Conservancy raises $200,000 to match a national foundation grant to purchase and protect land on Volcan Mountain.


Conservancy raises $500,000 to ensure the purchase of the 5,400-acre Santa Ysabel Ranch.


Conservancy partners with the River Park to raise $650,000 in just two months, which, along with state grants, is used to purchase 232 acres on Bernardo Mountain.


Conservancy membership exceeds 1,000 people.


Conservancy raises $340,000 in public donations and receives a state grant of $800,000 to purchase 352 acres of Lake Sutherland East.


Conservancy celebrates its 20th anniversary, and launches a program to accelerate the development of the Coast to Crest Trail.


Conservancy opens the Birdwing Open Air Classroom in the San Dieguito Lagoon. Designed by Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, the Birdwing won an award for urban solutions from the local chapter of American Institute of Architects. It is used to host a variety of educational and recreational programs in the Lagoon.