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17 Mar 2021

Preserve Manager – San Diego County – Center for Natural Lands Management

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The Preserve Manager – San Diego will be responsible for managing several preserves in San Diego County that have been permanently protected for conservation purposes. That initial portfolio of Preserves – Rattlesnake Mountain (Santee), Woodridge (Lakeside), and Blossom Valley Summit (Blossom Valley) – are all owned and managed by CNLM. These Preserves include habitat types such as coastal sage scrub, southern mixed chaparral, and coast live oak woodland. The species that command the stewardship focus on these preserves include coastal California gnatcatcher, Cleveland’s goldenstar, coast live oak, and barrel cactus. Other significant species that reside within this portfolio include orange-throated whiptail, Rufous-crowned sparrow, coast horned lizard, and southern mule deer (See CNLM website for more information on these preserves).

CNLM has a deep conservation history in San Diego County with some of our first preserve acquisitions here as well as there being more CNLM preserves in San Diego County than in any other county in California. The number of CNLM preservesty is also an indicator of the rich diversity in species encountered and the opportunity to contribute significantly to wildlife corridors, research on particular species of concern, and climate resilience considerations. The new Preserve Manager will join the San Diego conservation team that includes currently three other preserve managers and rangers. In addition to managing their own portfolio of Preserves, the Preserve Manager will—as part of the conservation team—work with other CNLM staff on some other preserves as reasonable for best effective and efficiency.

The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization, created in 1990, whose mission is the perpetual stewardship of natural and created conservation lands, sensitive species, and their resident ecosystems. Central to CNLM’s mission and fundamental to its success are the principles of rigorous cost estimation for managing conservation areas in perpetuity and application of appropriate scientific information for conservation and restoration. CNLM staff developed the iconic “PAR” software and made it available (now through subscription to the app) to the conservation community to assist with determination of perpetual stewardship costs. Financial support for CNLM’s conservation activities is primarily acquired from earnings on investments (endowments) that are professionally managed. Conservation properties are typically acquired through mitigation processes—as such the properties have been well vetted for conservation value and are accompanied by perpetual stewardship funding. In addition to its fee title properties, CNLM monitors and defends conservation easements it has been granted over many properties and works collaboratively with natural resource regulatory agencies to protect and maintain conservation values.

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