The Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) began saving land more than a decade ago in Descanso. Charged with preserving Robert's Ranch from development, the land trust successfully lobbied the United States Congress for federal Land and Water Conservation Funding. 750 acres of recreational trails and oak woodlands along Interstate 8 in Descanso are now protected for future generations.
From there, the organization was handed over to a dedicated group of concerned citizens in Alpine, determined to save Wright's Field from the same predicament.
For the past decade, we worked diligently to have Wright's Field added to the County's Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Plan, wrote public funding grant proposals for land acquisition, securing the number one, two and three spots on the State of California's Resource Agency Listing for EEMP grants (Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program funding), matching funding from the County of San Diego, and have been busy acquiring the land, creating education programs, and involving the community in land management.
Building on our initial success, we move into the final phase of acquisition for Wright's Field. Under the leadership of County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, efforts to preserve Wright's Field have allowed the Back Country Land Trust and the community to leave a legacy for our children's children. Now is the time to complete this final purchase. Once we complete this final purchase, we'll formalize our education and stewardship programs, and expand our work with the community to manage local open space lands.
We've additionally participated in the protection of 2,600 acres at Crest and worked with Pronatura, San Diego State University , and the International Community Foundation to protect watershed lands in Tecate. The preservation of Fanita Ranch in Santee is now completely organized by Save Fanita Ranch.