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BCLT Annual Report 2016

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Spring Newsletter - May 2015

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Spring Newsletter - March 2014

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Watershed Restoration Events in Alpine - Spring 2014

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Join BCLT and our community partners as we continue our Alpine Watershed Stewardship Program in the San Diego River watershed during Spring 2014!

We'll be kicking off our first in a series of hands-on workshops on Saturday, March 8, with a Stream Restoration Demonstration Project in partnership with Endangered Habitats Conservancy at their beautiful conservation property along Alpine Creek.  All are welcome!   
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1st Saturday Nature Walks at Wright's Field - Spring 2014

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Back for a third year in 2014, these casual docent-guided walks are free, family-friendly events held every month at BCLT's Wright's Field Preserve in Alpine.
Come out and join us on the 1st Saturday of every month, as we explore different natural history and cultural topics at this beautiful 230-acre open-space preserve.

Parking is at Joan MacQueen Middle School - 2001 Tavern Rd in Alpine.  Wear sturdy walking shoes. Sunscreen, water, and hat are recommended. 
* Rain cancels event

UPDATE: Due to forecasts for heavy rains Friday night into Saturday, our 1st Saturday Nature Walk on the San Diego thornmint with Scott McMillan is POSTPONED. 
Our rescheduled date for Scott's walk is Saturday April, 19.  See flyer below for revised schedule.  

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Help us replant Alpine's Watershed!

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Join BCLT for our first volunteer event of 2014!  Help restore Alpine's watershed by planting native trees and shrubs, such as willow, cottonwoods, and sycamores, along this once-beautiful stretch of creek. Located below the confluence of Alpine, Chocolate, and Deer Creeks, this open-space riparian habitat is an important corridor for wildlife movement through Alpine and Harbison Canyon to Peutz Valley and El Capitan Reservoir.  

As part of our Watershed Stewardship Program in Alpine, Back Country Land Trust has cleared over one-quarter of an acre of flammable, non-native Arundo from this property at the "bottom" of Alpine's watershed.  Now we're ready to restore this creek-side habitat to it's former natural beauty!  

Come lend a hand and help keep Alpine's watershed clean & green!  

Saturday, February 1st: 10am-12noon

288 Peutz Valley Road - Parking available at Alpine Blvd & Peutz Valley Rd
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Event Update: In two hours, our small team of three planted 30 native trees and 400 cuttings along this stretch of creek!  We also hauled away two truckloads of trash, including 6 tires, 4 tire sidewalls, a toilet, and a stolen ATM (which was turned in to police for evidence).  Special thanks to Endangered Habitats Conservancy for partnering with us on this imporant wildlife and habitat enhancement project.
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Final “Legacy Trash” Removed from Wright’s Field in Alpine

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Recently, Back Country Land Trust reached an important milestone in our goal to protect and restore native habitat at Wright’s Field Preserve in Alpine.... Removing the last major "legacy trash" since BCLT began managing this land as a Nature Preserve in 1990!

Working witCarRemoval1 2h local Alpine business owner Howard Findley of Pioneer Landscape, who volunteered his time and equipment to make this project possible, BCLT pulled the rusted shell of a 1969 Chevy Impala out of the creek channel that flows through Wright’s Field, feeding Alpine Creek and eventually the El Capitan Reservoir. 

Abandoned nearly 40 years ago, this car and much of the debris    was left behind in the aftermath of the 1970 Laguna Fire that burned through what is now Wright’s Field was left to rust around a residence destroyed in the blaze. 


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With the support of community volunteers like Howard, who donate their time and effort each year, Back Country Land Trust has been able to maintain and improve conditions at Wright’s Field over many years. 

Recent projects include clearing trails, repairing erosion damage, removing non-native plants, and enhancing users’ recreational experiences by restoring a pristine natural environment with a deep ecology and unique history.  


Removing this final legacy trash signifies a new era for Wright’s Field. One that we are happy to usher in with a strong sense of community support for BCLT's work and mission, and with a hopeful future for the environmental health of this beautiful and abundant ecosystem in the heart of Alpine.

Email us if you'd like to learn more, or to get involved in future projects to restore landscapes in San Diego's Back Country.





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1st Saturday Nature Walks at Wright's Field ...continued in 2013!!!

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1st Saturday Nature Walks at Wright's Field

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The Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) is proud to launch a new environmental education program - guided Nature Walks at Wright's Field - in 2012!  Please join us for a docent-led "walk and talk" around Wright's Field the first Saturday of every month, beginning Saturday, April 7th - from 10am to 12noon.  

Natural and cultural history topics will be explored each month by different guest speakers, and should reveal some interesting facts about San Diego and East County history through guided interpretive walks at our Wright's Field Preserve in Alpine.  Hiking will be easy to moderate.  Sturdy footwear is recommended.

Docent field guides will be discussing topics such as: History of Wright's Field and Alpine, CA - like the Wright family, the preserve's namesake - as well as the ancient geology of the Laguna Mountains, unique native plants and endangered species of Wright's Field, and more...!!!  See flyer below for details.

For more information - or to volunteer to lead a walk - contact BCLT at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 619.504.8181

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