San Diego Management & Monitoring Program


Vegetation Community
Vernal Pool Restoration


Project description

The vernal pools at the Spring Canyon/Goat Mesa complex (J16-J18) and surrounding open space have suffered considerable off-road damage over the years. This damage has resulted in changes in hydrologic, flow patterns, and inundation characteristics. This vernal pools complex was identified by the adopted Recovery Plan for Vernal Pools of Southern California (USFWS 1998) as necessary to stabilize populations of the following endangered and threatened MSP species: E. aristulatum, P. nudiuscula, N. fossalis, O. californica, B. sandiegonensis, and S. wootoni. The Management Strategic Plan (MSP) for Conserved Lands in Western San Diego County (SDMMP) also lists other MSP species historically found onsite, including D. variegata, M. minimus, S. hammondii, and A cunicularia. Minimization of illegal off-road vehicle use is the primary goal. The main objective to reach the goal is to use to fence off as many of the key access points and areas of frequent off-road vehicle use throughout the City open space to protect the habitat for the endangered and threatened species that exist onsite. This will be done by hiring a fence contractor to provide all supplies and install the fence.


Project focus

Project type: Habitat restoration

Target species: Burrowing Owl, California orcutt grass, San Diego fairy shrimp, Variegated dudleya, Western burrowing owl

Target vegetation: vernal pools and alkali playa


Implementing entities

Main implementing entity: City of San Diego, Park and Recreation Department

Project Page manager: Sarah McCutcheon

SDMMP lead: Sarah McCutcheon

Study lead: Jason Allen


Strategic elements

MSP Objectives and actions:VERPOO-4; HUMUSE-4