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Preserve Calavera has a number of priority areas on which most of our efforts are focused:

  • Natural open space (acquisition and land management)
  • Wildlife protection: monitoring wildlife movement through PC Tracking Team and “Adopt-a-pinch point” with the city of Carlsbad.  Also, living successfully with wildlife is important.  Read ways you can live close to coyotes to benefit everyone:  Keep Me Wild.
  • Climate Change: working to ensure cities adopt effective Climate Action Plans.  See new video on this subject.  OCEANSIDE residents please contact your city council members by Sept. 21 to encourage them to adopt a resolution in support of Community Choice Energy.  To find out more, click here.
  • Education/outreach:  currently offering CA Naturalist Certification course,  co-sponsor Endangered Species Day at Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center.

Current concerns:

  • Lake Calavera Projects:  See our Lake Calavera page for information about upcoming projects including palm tree removal.
  • Upcoming election news:  One of the propositions on the November ballot is the 1/2 cent sales tax increase targeted for transportation projects and some open space acquisition/restoration.  However, the projects may worsen greenhouse gas emissions and burden under-served communities.  See the Sierra Club’s press release for their opposition.  Preserve Calavera is further concerned that open space projects are not clearly delineated and underfunded. Here’s a flyer outlining the opponents’ position.
  • The initiative process, such as the one Caruso/Measure A attempted to use to circumvent CEQA (state environmental review) is once again being use in Escondido on the Lilac Hills project.  If approved, citizens have no recourse to challenge concerns with development projects.

Natural Open Space

Our focus for Carlsbad’s General Plan (GP) was on ensuring 40% open space and enough park space so all residents could have reasonable access. After many months of meetings, comments and consideration, the city council adopted a GP with some minor revisions but did not include a 40% goal of open space or make significant changes in their philosophy about how parkland is counted.

The following video was made for our ongoing effort to secure more natural open space in Carlsbad:

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