Article abstract: Introduction The Otay Ranch Preserve (Preserve) is located in southwestern San Diego County (County) and is composed of three major parcels: Otay River parcel, Proctor Valley parcel, and San Ysidro Mountains parcel (County of San Diego 1995). The Preserve boundaries include lands within the city of Chula Vista (City) and the county of San Diego. Lands that have been conveyed to the Preserve through March 2012 total 2,896 acres (Table 1). An additional 272 acres of Preserve land along Salt Creek (Northern Salt Creek) and northeast of Jamul Mountains (Proctor Valley [North] and Proctor Valley [South]) are anticipated to be conveyed to the Preserve in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-13 for a total of approximately 3,168 acres (Table 2). Figures 1 through 3 show the locations of conveyed land. The Preserve is a hard-line preserve that has been designed and is managed specifically for protection and enhancement of the multiple species present. The Preserve also serves to connect large areas of open space through a series of wildlife corridors, including connections between regional open space areas west and east of Otay Reservoir and north to San Miguel Mountain. The Preserve is managed by the Preserve Owner/Manager (City and County; [POM]). Preserve monitoring and operations/maintenance tasks were implemented by the Preserve Steward/Biologist (RECON) in consultation with the POM.
Number of pages: 81
Authors: O'Meara, Cailin; Bennett, Anna; Dodero, Mark;
Prepared for: City of Chula Vista;
Prepared by: RECON Environmental Inc.;
Keywords: baseline; brown-headed cowbird; cowbird; Otay Ranch Preserve; Photo Point Monitoring;