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San Diegans talk about Mission Trails trail limits

City of San Diego (map); Adam Benjamin (layout)
City of San Diego (map); Adam Benjamin (layout)
The Mission Trails trail system will expand into the main area lands (center) and East Elliott near Santee (top) and West Sycamore north of the 52 (top right box).

Walks on foot in Mission Trails Regional Park will pass through new trail lands after the city and community locals decide on the space in the natural landscape to use for trails. The work expanding the recreational trail system in the park that now covers 10,000 acres has to fit in both the city's conservation plans and the communities' plans for using the land.

A recently opened East Elliott area stays an explorative area in the public'ss work on choosing land areas and edges for recreation. Land taken for recreation can hold back the ongoing private development in the communities nearby the park area. Impacts on the life in the vegetated wildlife habitat areas still can put an end to land development plans.

Many habitats in the park have little land to protect the park areas from San Diego city living. A line of habitat areas lay along Baltimore Drive.

The city held a public meeting at last Thursday, the 17th, to settle the park master plan's updated coverage for land management in Mission Trails. Environmental protection goals have not been decided. San DIegans have until May 2nd to comment on a draft environmental impact report that lays out the plans for protecting the park's habitats and natural resources.

City officials will not sign off on the updated master plan started in 2010 until the public finishes its 2014 opportunity that lasts past the May 2nd environment deadline, to reject, or agree on, city plans to expand the park trail system. Major projects have changed the landscape inthe park area since the master plan was made. Lake Murray Resevoir underwent a full rehabilitation.

Public copies of the master plan update and a natural resources management plan are available at the Development Services Center on First Avenue downtown. Or, online.

THis is a Center Line Policy Alert.