North County Multiple Species Conservation Program Plan

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The County is developing a Multiple Species Conservation Plan for the northwestern area of the unincorporated county. Known as the North County Plan, the Plan will help preserve the area's rich biodiversity. All this while expanding recreation and streamlining development in less sensitive areas.

Overview

The Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) is a preservation framework. It outlines how we can protect and connect the most valuable biological habitats in San Diego County.

There are three regional plans: South, North and East.

Each plan focuses on the unique threatened plant and animal species for its region.

The three plans are at different stages in development. The development of the North County Plan began in 2000 as a long-term, regional habitat conservation program. The program focuses on balancing habitat protection, recreation, development, and agricultural activities. Learn more about the MSCP and the history of the North County Plan by reviewing the information on different sections of this page.

Your Participation

Community and stakeholder input has been instrumental in the development of the North County Plan, and we want that to continue. Your feedback will inform the ways we research, monitor, and manage the land that is part of the North County Plan area. It will also help us identify new area to include in the Plan.

Please check back often for new information and opportunities to contribute.

How you can participate on this site:
  • Learn what we’re doing to preserve our region’s rich biodiversity
  • Review updates on sensitive and protected species
  • Provide feedback on work in progress
  • Make connections with the County teams dedicated to this work

Thank you for being here, we look forward to hearing from you!

Watch the Video to Learn About the MSCP


The County is developing a Multiple Species Conservation Plan for the northwestern area of the unincorporated county. Known as the North County Plan, the Plan will help preserve the area's rich biodiversity. All this while expanding recreation and streamlining development in less sensitive areas.

Overview

The Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) is a preservation framework. It outlines how we can protect and connect the most valuable biological habitats in San Diego County.

There are three regional plans: South, North and East.

Each plan focuses on the unique threatened plant and animal species for its region.

The three plans are at different stages in development. The development of the North County Plan began in 2000 as a long-term, regional habitat conservation program. The program focuses on balancing habitat protection, recreation, development, and agricultural activities. Learn more about the MSCP and the history of the North County Plan by reviewing the information on different sections of this page.

Your Participation

Community and stakeholder input has been instrumental in the development of the North County Plan, and we want that to continue. Your feedback will inform the ways we research, monitor, and manage the land that is part of the North County Plan area. It will also help us identify new area to include in the Plan.

Please check back often for new information and opportunities to contribute.

How you can participate on this site:
  • Learn what we’re doing to preserve our region’s rich biodiversity
  • Review updates on sensitive and protected species
  • Provide feedback on work in progress
  • Make connections with the County teams dedicated to this work

Thank you for being here, we look forward to hearing from you!

Watch the Video to Learn About the MSCP


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    Does the No County Plan include the Guejito Ranch property? Are the owners participating in the process?

    Shawna Anderson asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Removal of Rancho Guejito from the North County Plan Area was considered and directed through Board action on October 28, 2020 (6).


    The 2017 Preliminary Draft North County Plan relied on Rancho Guejito as a location for potential mitigation and conservation, comprising approximately 36% of the preserve to be assembled. Per a request from Rancho Guejito to be removed from the North County Plan, staff evaluated impacts to the conservation strategy and considered ways to maintain the health of the preserve. As outlined in the Options Assessment prepared by ICF, removal of Rancho Guejito from the Plan Area was recommended because the landowner may actively oppose the North County Plan if they are included; therefore, continued inclusion threatened the viability of the plan.


    Based on all this information, the Board voted to remove Rancho Guejito from the Plan Area. The Board also directed that staff explore any necessary changes to the Plan Area, list of Covered Species, and other aspects of the proposed Plan in order to compensate for the loss of the Rancho Guejito land and to make the preserve functional. Staff’s analysis required that the Plan Area be expanded, which was presented during Virtual Public Workshops in Fall 2021. Rancho Guejito will still have to obtain individual take permits if they ever propose significant development on the property. Therefore, conservation and mitigation would take place, just not part of the North County Plan.

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    How do I receive alerts from you (workshop dates, etc.)

    Pamela Nelson asked 6 months ago

    To be notified of future opportunities to participate and other announcements on the North County Plan, please subscribe to our mailing list by clicking the banner on the project webpage or by clicking "Subscribe" in the stay informed section of this page.


Page last updated: 13 Mar 2024, 11:19 AM