The Escondido Creek Conservancy


San Diego County, California

Escondido Creek Conservancy News

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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Free Talk: Water Harvesting – Beyond the Barrel


Join us for this free talk on Thursday, March 17th at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center from 6 - 7 p.m. Food security and the restoration of degraded lands are two of the most important issues we face today. This talk will explain how you can harvest thousands of gallons of rainwater on your property using simple systems that are often low cost or free, and create food forests to provide food in your backyard. ...

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A Tasty New Program: TRAILS & ALES


The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) has partnered with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, the San Dieguito River Vally Conservancy, and the Volcan Mountain Foundation as part of a titillating new program called Trails & Ales! As part of this hiking series each conservancy/foundation will be providing a unique guided-hiking experience on their land, followed by a trip to a local brewery. For more about the program, or to see all the hikes offered for the spring/summer ...

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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 1,800 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 new position that requires both field work and administrative responsibilities. Duties: The Conservation Land Manager will help refine and implement TECC's land ...

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