The Conservancy is excited to welcome Escondido native Juan Troncoso as its brand new Conservation Land Management Assistant, just in time for him to hit the ground running on lots of upcoming projects. Juan comes to us fresh from achieving his undergraduate degree at UC Irvine. Over the last few years, Juan has been involved with all phases of ecosystem restoration projects in a sage scrub system, and has also studied desert and oak ecosystems; his expertise will be a great help to the Conservancy because, in the next several months, we’ll be starting many projects involving treating invasive plants, restoring damaged agricultural land, and revegetating portions of the creek currently obstructed by damaged structures. Juan’s new Conservancy coworkers feel fortunate to get to experience his positive attitude, curious mind, and great skills!
“I started my college career with a mentality of wanting to help the environment, but I wasn’t sure how. After trying a few different fields, I discovered ecological restoration and conservation. Since day one, I fell in love with the subject. I was captivated by the beauty of southern California and made it my goal to share it with as many people as possible. Joining The Escondido Creek Conservancy team has been a blessing as I get to work with amazing, passionate individuals. Their dedication and knowledge make it exciting and a privilege to work alongside them. I want to use previously gained skills and knowledge to create a healthy, vibrant ecosystem along the Escondido Creek. As someone who grew up in Escondido, it has become a personal dream of mine for its amazing ecosystems and diversity hotspots to be discovered, preserved, and enjoyed.”