San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Otay Valley Regional park Habitat Restoration Plan and Non-Native Removal Guidelines

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Type: report

Article abstract: The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in coordination with the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego have prepared the Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines (Plan). The goals of the plan are to 1) remove populations of non-native vegetation and 2) to manage and minimize the expansion of non-native species with in the Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP).

Number of pages: 65

Month: July

Year: 2006

Purpose: The purpose of the OVRP - Habitat Restoration Plan and Non-Native Plant Removal Guidelines (Plan) is to provide a universal set of guidelines for habitat restoration and/or enhancement for each of the jurisdictions (County of San Diego, City of San Diego, and City of Chula Vista) that are party to the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) for the OVRP. This Plan is not expected to replace, or supersede, any local regulations but to act as a set of overall guidelines for proposed habitat restoration and/or enhancement activities within the OVRP boundaries. The types of restoration or enhancement activities anticipated with this Plan include mitigation and non-mitigation for: wetland restoration; non-native plant removal; and upland restoration; complying with the rules and regulations governing cultural resources and surrounding land uses. This Plan will be subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. The parties of the JEPA will determine who will be the lead agency. At the time of report preparation, it is anticipated that a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) will be prepared for the implementation of this plan as a project under CEQA. However, if unmitigable significant impacts are identified during the Initial Study process, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared.

Prepared for: County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation;

Prepared by: HDR Engineering, Inc.;

Keywords: habitat restoration; MSCP; Otay Valley Regional Park; vegetation mapping;