The Escondido Creek watershed hosts some of the most intact riparian habitat in San Diego County. The upper and lower Escondido Creek watershed support many threatened and endangered species. One of the greatest threats to riparian habitat is infestation of non-native invasive plants. Funding for this project will be used to enhance ecological function in an important watershed, reduce flood risk, and leverage previous conservation investment to expand habitat restoration to the watershed scale.
The Escondido Creek Conservancy
The project will address invasive, non-native plant species across the Escondido Creek watershed in North San Diego County. It will primarily utilize mechanical and chemical treatment of invasive, non-native plants in nature preserves owned and managed by the Grantee, in riparian areas, along 8 miles of Escondido Creek, from upper to mid watershed. It will also treat invasive plants on neighboring privately-owned lands in order to accomplish watershed-scale control of certain plants and engage the community in conservation. The Project will also integrate specific invasive plant management goals into the existing long-term habitat management.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):