The Escondido Creek Conservancy


San Diego County, California

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Water Quality Volunteer Conservation Opportunity


Position Description: TECC is seeking a volunteer to help lead our water quality outreach efforts and help facilitate our Water Quality Monitoring Program.  TECC participates in regional panels and policy discussions about water quality in San Diego County and in the Escondido Creek watershed.  Additionally, TECC has developed a Water Quality Monitoring Program to help establish a baseline that is used to evaluate the condition and overall health of Escondido Creek on an ongoing basis, as ...

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Job Vacancy: Conservation Land Manager


The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) is seeking a Conservation Land Manager to facilitate management of TECC-owned properties in the Escondido Creek watershed. TECC currently manages over 2,000 acres of habitat-rich property and is in the process of preserving an additional 1,000 acres of important habitat lands which will need management in the future. This is a position that requires both field work and administrative responsibilities. Strong writing, organization, GIS and communication skills required. Duties: The Conservation Land Manager ...

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Willow Trees Update


Recently, the mystery of our diseased willow trees has been in the media. If you recall, back in June, we noticed than many willow trees along the Escondido Creek in Elfin Forest were showing signs of a sudden die-off.  The trees changed from healthy in appearance to wilting with blackened leaves in just a few weeks. Initially the culprit was thought to be the Kuroshio Shot Hole Borer beetle, but test results from the lab ...

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Los Cielos Preserve Trails Back Open – For Now


Willows throughout the Escondido Creek watershed have been declining rapidly. We are still not sure why. However, we have decided to open the trails for now based upon discussions with biologists and soils scientists and recently received DNA results from the Eskalen Lab at UC Riverside. When we first examined the dieback, the prevailing theory was that the trees had all the same signs and symptoms ...

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Help Needed to Save 1,000 acres in Northern Escondido!


Mark Twain famously said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” We are thrilled to announce that we are taking Mark Twain’s words to heart. At the end of 2015, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) was able to put two new properties into escrow: the 694-acre Mountain Gate property in the Hidden Meadows area, and the 282-acre John Henry Ranch near Lake Wohlford. At one time approximately ...

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Shot Hole Borer in the Escondido Creek Watershed


For about the past four years now there has been a silent wave of ecological devastation working its way through the wooded areas of San Diego County. Unfortunately, it may now have reached the Escondido Creek watershed. Figure 1: Kuroshio Shot Hole Borer First reported in LA Country back in 2003, the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) is a non-native invasive borer beetle believed ...

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All Trails Closed Until Further Notice!


The Shot Hole Borer + Fusarium Dieback: A New Pest Complex in Southern California* For about the past four years now there has been a silent wave of devastation working its way through the wooded areas of San Diego County. First reported in LA Country back in 2003, the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) is a non-native invasive borer beetle believed to originate from SE Asia. In San Diego County, the PSHB’s evil twin, the Kuroshio ...

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2016 Spring Newsletter


You may notice a few changes with this edition of the Watershed Voice. We have begun highlighting an individual or organization that is playing a critical, and often unsung, role in local conservation. The previous issued featured a story about incredible Harmony Grove residents Frank and Pat McCulloch, who have voluntarily been picking up litter along Harmony Grove Road for the past 16 years. In ...

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