San Dieguito River Park - Riverscape
the San Dieguito River Park Newsletter
February 2010
In This Issue
URGENT plea for support
New Photos
Orientation Hike
Lake Hodges Bike Ride
Trail Restoration
Habitat Rehabilitation
Sikes Adobe
Self Guided Hikes

Sunday, February 14
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Trail Restoration
Bernardo Bay

Wednesday, Feb. 17
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Friends of Sikes Adobe meeting

Saturday, Feb 20
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Habitat Rehabilitation
Ysabel Creek

Saturday, Feb. 27
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Bike Ride
Lake Hodges Bicycle
Pedestrian Bridge and Felicita Creek
All month
Self Guided Hike
North Shore Lake Hodges Trail
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Please act NOW to save the San Dieguito River Park.   Only the Mayor has the power to continue the essential support of the City of San Diego to keep the River Park alive.  Help us convince him that citizens support the River Park.
Please express your concerns in writing to:
Mayor Jerry Sanders
City of San Diego
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Twenty years of progress creating the regional San Dieguito River Park may be lost if the City of San Diego unilaterally withdraws from the group of five cities and the County that originally established and jointly funded the San Dieguito River Park. 

 On December 9, 2009 the San Diego City Council passed a mid-year budget that eliminated funding for the San Dieguito River Park (SDRP) amounting to 36% of the river Park's annual budget.

 Combined with a 14% budget cut from the previous year the SDRP will lose more than one third of its staff and most of its capacity to continue the progress of the last twenty years.

 When the City Council made their budget decision they directed City staff to investigate if the SDRP budget could legally be transferred to the City Water Department, a separate budget, on the basis that the River Park accomplished watershed protection activities necessary for the protection of water quality and quantity of City water resources.

 It has been confirmed that preservation and enhancement of land and natural resources within the Lake Hodges and San Pasqual watershed are important to the Water Department's efforts to ensure a viable water supply now and far into the future.  The contributions of the SDRP fit squarely within the identified goals of the Water Department.  The SDRP has raised over $18 million to purchase 2,256 acres of land within Lake Sutherland, Lake Hodges and San Pasqual watershed and is maintaining the properties as protected open space.  Additionally, the SDRP has obtained over $1 million for invasive species control within San Pasqual Valley and patrols daily to prevent erosion caused by off-road vehicles.

 It has been over two months since the San Diego City Council Budget action with no answer to the Council's question on the legality of transferring the SDRP budget to the City Water Department.

 Please write Mayor Sanders NOW (cc and ask him to answer the Council's question and to support transferring the River Park budget to the San Diego Water Department.
Park Volunteer Jim Coffee and his wife Cheryl have been busy photographing for us.  Many of the images appear in random order on the opening page of  Hit refresh to view more than one.

If you see Jim and Cheryl on the trails wave and smile at the camera.  The images that he captures are used in our electronic and printed media.
Get out and get active!  Join one of these guided hikes . . .
Egret in the San Dieguito River ParkDel Mar Trail Patroller Orientation Hike
Saturday, February 20
9:00 - 12:00 noon
Patrollers, Sentinels, and those who love the trails of SDRP,
Our next Ranger-led hike as part of our ongoing educational series, Trail Talk, about the marvelous river park and its trails, will be in the Del Mar coastal lagoon area.  Ranger Natalie Borchardt will lead the hike.
This hike is on foot, and because it is a patroller training session, all bikers and riders are asked to come--on foot--for the educational and locational content.  Dress in your SDRP trail gear (shirt, hat, what ever pieces you have), closed-toes shoes, bring your own snacks and water as you always do.  Remember our wonderful weather and layer your clothing.
Please email either or if you have questions or need additional information.
Here is the link to the Lagoon trail.   
Here is a link to the meeting point.
Here's to our growing river park!
Ride your bike in the San Dieguito River Park.Lake Hodges Bike Ride
Saturday, February 27

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Join Lou Ortega, avid SDMBA member and enthusiastic supporter of the San Dieguito River Park! We'll ride our bicycles from the North Shore Staging Area on Sunset Drive to the David Kreitzer Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge, cross it, and then come back and head to Felicita Creek! If you haven't ridden across this bridge you're in for a treat! It's a lot of fun, and great for families of all ages!
It's fun and healthy to be a San Dieguito River Park VolunteerRIVER PARK VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 Your volunteer efforts are important to the San Dieguito River Park.  The restoration of our Park's trail system and the creation of wildlife habitat are essential.  Weekend work projects are designed to be hands-on. 
No reservations are necessary, but if you are with a group or would like to schedule a special work project for your group (minimum of 20 participants) please contact  Otherwise, please wear closed-toe shoes and a hat or sunscreen.  If you have work gloves, please bring them.  If not, we have some for you to borrow!  For school or scout credit hours please let the Ranger on duty know that you need a time slip.  If you are under 16 years of age you must have an adult with you or make prior special arrangements. We welcome all your help and hard work!
All Trail Restoration Work Projects take place every second Sunday of each month.  All Hibitat Rehabilitation Work Projects take place the third Sunday of each month.  Please check the activity calendar for detailed information.
Trail Restoration Project:
Sunday, February 14th: 
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location:  Bernardo Bay Natural Area
Since the completion of the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge there has been a heightened need to improve the trail that runs along the south shore of Lake Hodges.  Work will consist of moving rock and recreating trail tread in one location and creating a rock retaining structure and re-establishing the trail in another.  
Directions to Work Site:  Exit I15 at West Bernardo Drive/Pomerado Road.  Go West 0.25 miles and park in large "Bernardo Bay Natural Area" parking area on right.  There is a sign.  Click here for a staging area map.
 Habitat Rehabilitation Project

Saturday, February 20th: 
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Location:   Ysabel Creek Road Staging and Parking Area
Before the 2007 fires, the conserved lands around Lake Hodges, and in San Pasqual Valley, were considered core population strongholds for two very vulnerable species:  California gnatcatchers and coastal cactus wren.  Lake Hodges area supported 235 pairs of gnatcatchers and 90 pairs of wrens in the 1990s. Work to expand these refuges includes planting, watering, weeding, and trash removal.

Directions to Work Site:  Exit I15 on Via Rancho Parkway, following signs to the Wild Animal Park.  Go past the Wild Animal Park and the San Diego Archaeological Center and turn right onto Bandy Canyon Road.  Continue for about 2.75 miles and turn right at Ysabel Creek Road.  The area is visible from the road. Click here for a map to the staging area.
The Volunteer-based Furnishings Committee for the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse is seeking donations of items which would be appropriate to the period of the newly restored (Round Two!) and reconstructed Sikes Adobe.
The photographs show some of the items which we have already purchased or received.  If you have something that you feel might be an appropriate donation please click here to see our wish list.
Thank you.
Each month we feature a San Dieguito River Park Trail
for you to enjoy.
A portion of the North Shore Trail winds around the base of Bernardo Mountain.
Lake Hodges North Shore and the

David Kreitzer Lake Hodge Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge.
Length:  13 miles round trip (out and back)
Difficulty:  Easy (except for distance), relatively level.
Suitable for:  Hikers, bikes, horses with riders, and dogs on leashes.
Parking:  Park at the Sunset Staging Area.
Trail:  Click here for an on-line trail map.
Click here for a .pdf trail map.

This is a pleasant trail that goes out and back from either the Sunset, the Hernandez Hideaway, or the Del Dios Community Park staging areas.  The trail is relatively level, following the old Mission Road right-of-way around the lake past the Lake Hodges Boat Docks.

Highlights of this hike are lake views, Felicita Creek, the ribbon bridge, many birds, and spring vegetation.  You will be hiking primarily in the open.  There are no facilities on the trail except at the staging areas.

Enjoy the San Dieguito River Park's North Lake Hodges Trail!
The San Dieguito River Park is a partnership that includes You!  We hope that You will make it a point to spend time both enjoying and supporting this wonderful park.
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