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Meet Our Newest Board Member: Jim Crouch

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Jim is a career federal civil servant; after a few years working for the Army, he spent the bulk of his time employed by the US Navy as an electronic technician specializing in shipboard missile defense systems. Living in Alpine since 1993 on the western edge of the Wright’s Field preserve Jim realized a personal obligation to give back to the land that he frequents and treasures. He currently serves as the BCLT Treasurer and Director of Land Operations for the Greater Alpine area.

Jim can often be found walking at Wright's Field in the evenings with his wife Ellen, and their miniature horse, Crackers. Welcome, Jim!


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BCLT Celebrates our 25th Anniversary in 2015!

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Since 1990, BCLT has been preserving San Diego's rural heritage, open space landscapes, and wildlife habitat for all to enjoy.

In 2015, we are celebrating 25 years of BCLT's efforts, and the dedication and hard work of the individuals, communities, and organizations that have made it possible to protect more than 6,000 acres of eastern San Diego's "Back Country" lands for future generations.

We hope you'll join us for a year of reflection on our successes, and looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that await us in the years to come!
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Happy Holidays from San Diego's Back Country!

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BCLT featured on Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (SCWRP) website

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Our ongoing work to restore habitat and remove trash and debris from Alpine Creek, and the headwaters of the San Diego River that originate in the unincorporated community of Alpine, are now featured online through the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (SCWRP) website.  As the major supporter of this year's watershed restoration projects here in Alpine, funding from SCWRP comes from environmental partners and agencies throughout the state, including the CA Coastal Commission, Wildlife Conservation Board, Earth Island Institute, and BCLT's local partners, Sempra/SDG&E, Endangered Habitats Conservancy, and the Lakeside River Park Conservancy, as well as private donations from individual members and in-kind supporters.

Thanks to everyone who helps make the Alpine Watershed Stewardship Program an ongoing success, and to our volunteers and project partners, for engaging the San Diego community in the health and productivity of our watersheds and riparian areas - both for wildlife and recreation!

See BCLT's project description here: http://scwrp.org/projects/alpine-watershed-stewardship-program/

Or view all SCWRP funded projects online at their homepagehttp://scwrp.org
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Native Grassland Demonstration Area at Wright's Field in Alpine

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New Project Announced for Wright's Field MSCP Preserve - "Native Grassland Demonstration Area"

We're partnering with our local Alpine Girl Scout troop #6401, to raise money for our newest restoration project at Wright's Field in Alpine - a native grassland "demonstration area" within the preserve! 
Working on their Bronze Award, the Girl Scouts reached out to BCLT about doing a project to "help our endangered grasslands" - of course, we jumped at the opportunity! 

With only 2% of California's native grasslands left undeveloped, Wright's Field serves as a model of our once-abundant native grassland habitat. 
But… did you know that the tall, yellow grasses we see at Wright's Field are actually non-native species brought over by the Spanish? 
Once native bunchgrass and wildflowers were predominant here.
 
This "Native Grassland Demonstration Area" includes restoration of our native bunchgrass habitat, low perimeter fencing, and interpretive signage about native grassland habitat - all designed and built by the Girl Scouts for the benefit of Wright's Field!

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