The Escondido Creek Conservancy


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Escondido Creek Conservancy News

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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2015 Fall Newsletter


As 2015 comes to a close and the sun rises and sets further onto the southern horizons, we reminisce on the year that was, and contemplate the opportunities that 2016 presents. 2016 will be the 25th year of The Escondido Creek Conservancy’s (TECC) existence and we are proud of the fact that in our 24th year we preserved some properties that were identified as high ...

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Plaza Del Arroyo Pocket Park Wins Humanitarian Award from CLCA


The Plaza Del Arroyo pocket park on North Broadway, adjacent to the Escondido Creek trail has been awarded the 2015 Humanitarian award by the California Landscape Contractors Association. The park was designed by landscaper Nathan Stout, installed by Nature's Designs and partially funded by a grant from the Escondido Foundation. The Humanitarian Award recognizes landscape contractors who donate more than half the total labor/materials to a project benefitting a worthy cause. The property is owned by ...

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve 10th Annual Amateur Photo Contest


The great photographer Ansel Adams once said, “You don't take a photograph, you make it.” Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, and The Escondido Creek Conservancy invite you to come and make your photographs at the Reserve for our 10th Annual Amateur Photo Contest. The contest begins today and continues through September 20. We all have a photographer inside of us, so take this ...

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TECC Acquires 242 Acres of Important Wildlife Habitat in Elfin Forest!


In TECC’s strategic plan, we tell the story of the founding of the organization twenty four years ago: “In the spring of 1989, a small group of Elfin Forest neighbors went on a hike up Meisha Creek, a tributary of Escondido Creek, to a picnic lunch under an oak grove which is now under the water of the Olivenhain Reservoir.   At that time development was taking off in North County. The friends had worked together ...

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