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Plans to block trails to protect endangered species causes outrage

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As much as 17 miles of trails can potentially be closed as early as this winter to prevent further damage to the area where endangered species are said to be found, according to environmental studies. Community residents—equestrians, runners, walkers, bicyclists-- attended a meeting and voiced their opinions.

The meeting, that took place in Bonita’s Summit Park (close to trails being discussed) on Tuesday November 3, 2013, consisted of a presentation that included appearances from the South Bay Irrigation District’s Jose Preciado and San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ Greg Cox.

The complexity of the issues involving protection of the endangered species were discussed. In particular, the fairy shrimp (see Branchinecta sandiegonensis), found in some parts of San Diego including east of Bonita and north Chula Vista.

“Our priority is not to close the trail, our only challenge is to find resources” said Jose Preciado of the South Bay Irrigation District. And added that they are being pressured by outside agencies to protect the environment.

San Diego Board of Supervisors’ Greg Cox, appeared before the crowd to present his knowledge of the challenges associated with preserving the environment and at the same time retain land use for recreational purposes.

A non-public meeting to discuss the issue is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013. Attendees provided their email address to receive notifications of new information as it becomes available.

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