Emerald Pointe

Emerald Pointe Open Space Preserve (Preserve) consists of 10.1 acres of upland habitat in the City of Carlsbad, south of Palomar Airport Road, and east of Aviara Parkway. The Preserve is part of the Carlsbad HMP habitat preserve area and is surrounded by high-density residential uses to the west, low-density residential uses to the south and east, open space to the north, and is directly south Emerald Pointe viewof Encinas Creek Open Space Preserve. San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC) owns the Preserve and commenced active management of all but a 0.6-acre area in November 2008. This 0.6-acre area underwent a 5-year revegetation process to restore it to Diegan coastal sage scrub. SDHC commenced management of this portion in March 2015.

History: This open space preserve was set aside as mitigation for the 7.9-acre Emerald Pointe Estates Project. The project impacted 0.24 acres of coastal sage scrub. As a result, the developer was required to provide for revegetation of 0.50 acres of coastal sage scrub.  Dudek is the consultant who prepared the CEQA documentation and oversees the restoration, HRS is the restoration contractor, and RWR Homes was the developer.

Habitat: The Preserve consists of 6.1 acres of Diegan coastal sage scrub, 1.4 acres of disturbed habitat, 1.1 acres of southern mixed chaparral, 0.4 acres of valley needlegrass grassland, 0.4 acres of non-native grassland, and 0.1 acres of ornamentals.

Management Duties: SDHC monitors the Preserve on a quarterly basis to observe and document substantial changes in the habitat composition and the need for remedial measures. Non-native, invasive plant species are removed as necessary. The federally threatened coastal California gnatcatcher is surveyed for every three years and the federally threatened/state endangered San Diego thornmint is surveyed for every spring.SDHC provides an article to members of the Emerald Pointe Estates Homeowners’ Association (HOA) on an annual basis to inform residents of stewardship activities and solicit their support in the conservation and protection of the sensitive habitat that provides a natural open space buffer around their community.  SDHC has also developed a relationship with the neighboring Laurel Tree Apartments on the west to address adjacency issues (trash and trespassing).

Species of Special Interest: Palmer’s grappling hook, San Diego thornmint, coastal California gnatcatcher, Cooper’s hawk, orange-throated whiptail.

Chaparral Habitat
Diegan Coastal Sage Scrub Habitat
  Grassland Habitat
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Emerald Pointe Open Space Preserve map