JANUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
Fallbrook Clean Up - Saturday, January 18, 8:30 am
Meet at Don Dussault County Park, 832 Alturas Road.
Volunteer Day - Saturday, February 1, 8-10 am
Come volunteer at Monserate Mountain Preserve. Tools and training provided. Volunteers only need water and a good attitude! (See article below for more information). Appropriate for all ages.
If you would like your dog to be part of FLC's "Woof Wednesday" series, please send your photos to FLC@fallbrooklandconservancy.org with fun facts about your pup. Photos must be taken of leashed dogs on one of the FLC preserves.
FIRST SATURDAY WORK PARTY
Work parties scheduled every first Saturday of the month.
Next one: February 1, 2020, 8-10 am, meet at the Monserate Mountain Preserve trailhead.
The Native Plant Restoration Team meets weekly to enhance habitat at Los Jilgueros Preserve and sometimes other locations by reducing invasive weeds and planting native plant species that support our native wildlife.
If interested in volunteering with the NPRT, please contact the FLC -- or just find us in the south parking lot of LJP right before 8:30 AM on Wednesday mornings!
FLC's Save Our Forest Committee hosts a work party. Meet at the Village Square, on the corner of Alvarado St. and Main Ave. Bring gloves and pruning tools, if you have them.
Wednesday January 15, 8:30-10:30 am, Sunday January 26, 7:30- 9:30 am
FLC's Save Our Forest Committee hosts. Meets the second Saturday of every month. Meet across from entrance to Pala Mesa Resort on Old 395 at 8:00am. We provide bags and pickup sticks. Trash pickup along Old 395 from E. Mission to Hwy 76.
Saturday February 8 at 8:00am
NATIVE PLANT RESTORATION TEAM
The Native Plant Restoration Team spent New Year's morning popping mustard roots out of the ground rather than champagne corks out of bottles. They also continued to create swales for more re-vegetation of the west side of the middle trail at Los Jilgueros. The swales harvest rainwater by sinking it into the ground to benefit the tap roots of native plants. Contour lines were marked with a homemade water level called a bunyip, so that the swales would be level and hold water rather than channel it away. Sinking water into the ground is an extremely important erosion-control and drought fighting technique.
Dorothy Thurman and Miranda Kennedy use a bunyip (water level) to mark contour lines.
Ann Mudge, Leigh Sevier, and Gilbert Morales digging radish roots.
SAVE OUR FOREST
The Environmental Education program is going strong. The 5th graders from local elementary schools are currently planting native plants at Los Jilgueros preserve. We welcome volunteers, and if you would like to help out please email us at FLC@fallbrooklandconservancy.org or call 760-738-0889. No experience necessary.
FLC Membership has benefits!
In addition to the cool FLC merch you receive when you join, FLC members at the Wildlfower level ($100 or more) also receive a 10% discount on special orders from Moosa Creek Nursery and at Grangetto's Farm & Garden Supply. Winter is the perfect time to plant native plants for easy, drought tolerant landscaping and to bring wildlife to your yard. Visit Moosa Creek's website (http://www.moosacreeknursery.com) to create an account, learn about appropriate natives, and select plants for your special order. Then choose the retail partner closest to you (Grangetto's in Fallbrook) and your plants will be delivered! Grangetto's has everything else you'll need to install your new garden. Contact us for the discount code if you are at the Wildflower membership level or above.
The Fallbrook Land Conservancy endorses Measure A, the SOS Initiative, and encourages you to learn more about the measure which will be on the primary ballot in March. The purpose of Measure A, SOS Initiative, is to provide San Diego County residents with a stronger voice in how and where housing is built in the unincorporated county. This grassroots initiative simply requires voter approval of proposed changes to the County’s General Plan that would significantly increase residential density in fire-prone rural and semi-rural areas.
The FLC supports Measure A because it prevents sprawl development. San Diego County’s General Plan concentrates new housing in areas where roads, police and fire, schools, and other public services are already available. These locations are easier to defend from wildfire and have a lower taxpayer burden because they don’t require the construction of new and wider roads, additional schools and fire stations, or expanded water and power lines. Large sprawl housing developments that require General Plan Amendments (GPAs) lack these benefits and increase the already significant fire danger in San Diego County’s backcountry. SOS gives voters an opportunity to say “no” to dense developments in these fire-prone areas by rejecting unwise GPAs.
For more information please visit: https://saveoursdcountryside.org/
January's Volunteer Day
We had a fantastic turn out for our first Volunteer Day of 2020! Twenty two people showed up to help at Monserate Mountain Preserve. We had long time members and brand new volunteers. We had young children, seniors, and everything in between. We had fun, worked hard, and accomplished goals. Together, we filled 258 sandbags with sediment from the trailhead. The sandbags were taken back up the mountain, and strategically placed to re-route water runoff.
Thank you to everyone who helped out!
In an effort to conserve, we are switching to more electronic communications. Beginning in 2019, we will send donor acknowledgement letter and membership renewal reminders via e-mail. If you prefer to continue to receive these as paper communications, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your support and care for the environment!
Did you know that Los Jilgueros Preserve and Monserate Mountain Preserve have donation drop-boxes? Every cent counts when it comes to protecting and maintaining our Preserves - no donation is too small! In 2019, we collected over $2,300 from the drop-boxes. Let's make 2020 collections even more successful! Drop off your spare change when you're out for a hike.
DID YOU KNOW? You can now DONATE by
using Venmo (user name: FallbrookLandConservancy)
using the FLC website
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO HELP
Please save your receipts and drop them off at the Palomares House at your convenience.
Shop the FLC's wish list on Amazon, and link your account to Amazon Smile!
Remember to set your Amazon home page to smile.amazon.com and select FLC as your charity of choice.