San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy closes escrow on critical parcel

Adds 11 acres to San Elijo Ecological Reserve

provided by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy (SELC) has closed escrow on an 11-acre parcel of land that will be added to the Ford Wildlife Habitat Conservation Lands purchased last fall with a grant from Ford Motor Corporation.

    The grant to acquire the secluded 11 acres was made possible by the San Diego Environmental Foundation and County Supervisor Pam Slater. Located adjacent to the first 21-acre acquisition purchased with Ford Motor Corporation grant money, the newest land addition to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy extends north to La Bajada Bridge and is home to an active nesting rookery of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. The new parcel expands the Conservancy to provide refuge to these birds, as well as the various species of waterfowl and fish that populate the lagoon.

    “Securing this parcel as permanent open space is another important step toward our goal of permanently protecting essential habitat for the long-term preservation of San Elijo Lagoon,” said Kevin Johnson, President of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. "We're grateful to Ford, Supervisor Slater and everyone else who has made this acquisition possible.”

    The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy was established in 1987 to conserve the precious resources of the San Elijo Lagoon coastal wetlands. Relying on state and private grants, the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy protects the fragile ecosystem that thrives within the sanctuary. For more information about the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy or the free monthly “Second Saturday Nature Walks at the Reserve,” please call (760) 436-3944.