News Release


DATE: October 25, 1999

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108



Alpine - Standing in a field of native grass with Englemann Oaks and coastal sage in the background, Supervisor Dianne Jacob today announced her intentions to acquire 500 acres known as Wright's Field as a permanent open space park in the center of Alpine.

"Acquisition of this land is vital, not only for the benefit of the people of Alpine, not only for the goals of the County of San Diego, but it is also extraordinarily vital for preserving and strengthening our sensitive biological system as well," said Jacob, who will ask the Board of Supervisors to approve this proposal on Wednesday.

Jacob pointed out that most of California's native grasslands have been devoured by development and that native grasslands are crucial for habitat for species like the Grasshopper Sparrow to survive.

"There are only three large tracts of native grassland remaining in San Diego County," Jacob noted. "Camp Pendleton, Otay Mesa and right here at Wright's Field."

To help conserve this land, Jacob took action to amend the County's Multiple Species Conservation Plan (MSCP) to include this land in the MSCP boundaries, fought for grant money to assist in purchasing a 40 acre parcel and supported the Alpine School District's plan to use another 40 acres as mitigation for a new school being constructed.

Joining her in support of the acquisition was Yolaine Stout from the Back Country Land Trust, Michael Beck of the Endangered Habitats League, Bob Dye from the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Ancell from the Alpine School District, Bonnie Gendron from the Back Country Coalition and Tim McCarthy from the Alpine Planning Group.