Plans to preserve land in the San Luis Rey River Park next to Caltrans construction on highway 76 started off last week. California's natural resources agency has project grant funds the county supervisors agreed the county Parks Director will apply for.
The Parks and Recreation Department plans on using 350,000 dollars in state grant funds to recover 20 acres of park land from the danger of the county forfeiting recreation land. Multiple Species Conservation Plan funds spent on a park space and trails connections build project funded by the Environmental ENhancement and Mitigation Program grant will pay off the cost of the county taking the land to preserve it for recreation, and, protect the habitat.
The state agency offers up to 7 million dollars a year to local governments to help the local areas save their outdoor land. An application to the CAlifornia government puts San Diego county on the state funding opportunity list by July 30th.
Buying the land for county residents, and building part of the San Luis Rey RIver Park trails system that connects to nearby communities, prevents the ongoing Caltrans highway development, closeby, from damaging the park environment. SAn DIegans take the land to use it for outdoor recreation.
The San Luis Rey River Valley is one of the county's valuable natural resources. Adding 20 acres to the expansive acreage int he valley land owned by the county keeps a little more land open for public use in a valley the county plans to build up into a full park land over the long term. The county is not half done filling the valley with county owned land.
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