Multiple Species Conservation Program - Wright's Field, Alpine

DATE: October 27, 1999 
TO: Board of Supervisors 
SUBJECT: MULTIPLE SPECIES CONSERVATION PROGRAM - WRIGHT'S FIELD, ALPINE

SUMMARY:

The recommended action will direct the Chief Administrative Officer to identify local funding and work with the Back Country Land Trust to acquire habitat lands in the Wright's Field area of Alpine, which is within the pre-approved Multiple Species Conservation Program subarea plan.

Recommendation
VICE CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB 
Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to work with the Back Country Land Trust to identify funding to supplement existing Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program grant funds and to identify other potential sources of funding for the acquisition of land in the Wright's Field area of Alpine, within the pre-approved area of the MSCP subarea plan.

Fiscal Impact
There is no fiscal impact associated with this action

BACKGROUND:
The Board of Supervisors adopted the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) on October 22, 1997. The MSCP identifies large, contiguous blocks of habitat suitable for preservation. Wright's Field consists of 500 acres of sensitive habitat located in Alpine, within the pre-approved mitigation area of the MSCP. Wright's Field contains high quality habitat consisting of native grasslands, Englemann oak woodlands and Coastal sage scrub.

The Back Country Land Trust, a non-profit organization seeking to acquire and preserve sensitive habitat, applied for an Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program grant in the amount of $500,000 to acquire land in the Wright's Field area of Alpine. However, because the Trust only received a grant award of $250,000, supplemental funding is needed to purchase the land which was specified in the grant application. The recommended action will direct the CAO to identify funding and work with the Back Country Land Trust to acquire habitat lands in the Wright's Field area of Alpine, within the MSCP pre-approved area.

The MSCP was specifically amended to include Wright's Field because the area is abundant with native grasslands, a rapidly declining habitat resource in San Diego County. This project is the initial phase of MSCP acquisition at Wright's Field in Alpine and will serve to both preserve this valuable resource and to provide the community of Alpine with opportunities for passive recreation.

Respectfully submitted,

DIANNE JACOB
Vice Chairwoman