Coastal Dune Strand | San Elijo Lagoon

Ways to Protect Lands Adjacent to the Reserve

Because plants and animals are unrestricted by borders of the reserve, a key Conservancy priority is to protect lands in the watershed; managing habitats for wildlife and to protect important ecosystem services. The Conservancy currently owns more than 60 acres of habitat through fee simple ownership, and holds more than 45 acres of conservation easements over private and public property. 
Many landowners appreciate their land for its proximity to one of San Diego's largest coast wetlands, and its abundance of wildlife.  Landowners who want to make sure their land is protected for generations can contact San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy about ways we can help.  If a property meets our Conservation Project Selection Criteria, we can work with landowners to reach their conservation goals.

Landowners who want to protect their land and do not wish to retain ownership of the property can work with the Conservancy to
  • donate their property
  • sell their property as a bargain sale , or
  • sell their property to the Conservancy outright. 

In addition to protecting the scenic beauty and wildlife habitat on your land, the first two options have potential tax benefits for the landowner. 

Landowners who want to protect their land, but want to continue to own it, can work with the Conservancy to:

  • place a conservation easement over the land or a portion of the land, or
  • donate a remainder interest to the Conservancy that would give the land or a conservation easement to the Conservancy upon the death of the landowner. 

Both of these options have potential tax benefits for the landowner.

Landowners who need help managing problems on their land such as invasive species, could benefit from forming a management agreement with the Conservancy. The Conservancy currently administers an invasive species control program throughout the Carlsbad Hydrologic Unit.  With funding from state and local grants, we are able to help landowners control certain invasive plant species that damage adjacent native habitat and degrade resources for indigenous wildlife.  If you have invasive species on your property, the Conservancy may be able to help you manage them. 



Carlsbad Hydrologic Unit
Escondido Creek Watershed

Glossary: Land Stewardship Terms
Conservancy-Owned Properties

Bradley Nussbaum, Habitat Management Director
bradley [at] sanelijo [dot] org
(760) 436-3944 x 700
Please contact Bradley if you are interested in learning more about how San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy can help protect your land and our watershed.

  Photo by H. Knufken

Development of land stewardship content was funded by grants from the following:

The Henry B. and Lean Sefton Clark Memorial Fund
The San Diego Foundation
Common Good Fund
The Environment Grant Program Fund of The San Diego Foundation