View photos taken from motion-activated wildlife cameras hidden in County Preserves. The photos show that the County's preserve system is more than a sanctuary form humans - it is a vast haven for wildlife as well.
The County of San Diego is one of several jurisdictions
participating in the Multiple
Species Conservation Program (MSCP). The overall MSCP goal
is to maintain and enhance biological diversity in the region and
conserve viable populations of endangered, threatened, and key
sensitive species and their habitats, thereby preventing local
extirpation and ultimate extinction. The goal of the plan is to
acquire or permanently protect 98,379 acres in the unincorporated area
of South County. In the eleven years since the MSCP South County
Subarea Plan was approved, thousands of acres of land have been added
to the MSCP by local, State and Federal agencies. The overall effect
of the MSCP is that it provides for large, connected preserve areas
that address a number of species at the habitat level rather than
species by species, and area-by-area. This creates a more efficient
and effective preserve system as well as better protection for the
rare, threatened and endangered species in the region.
Major programs are in place to manage, maintain and monitor plant
and animal life on the lands once they are in the preserve in order to
ensure the conservation of their unique resources. The County
Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is responsible for managing
the MSCP lands the County owns and acquires. Management activities
include but are not limited to, trash removal, passive recreation,
ranger patrol, signage and fencing, fire management, non-native plant
species removal and cultural resource protection.
DPR is also responsible for monitoring these MSCP lands. Selected
species and habitats are carefully monitored with the goal of ensuring
the long-term health of populations of priority plant and animal
species. Functional habitats and wildlife linkages will also be
ensured through these activities.
To view information regarding specific lands managed and monitored
by the County, please click on one of the following links:
Map of South County MSCP Subarea Plan Management and Monitoring Efforts