Encinas Creek

Encinas Creek Open Space Preserve (Preserve) is located in the City of Carlsbad along Encinas Creek directly north of the Emerald Pointe Open Space Preserve, south of Palomar Airport Road and east of Aviara Parkway. The Preserve connects with wetlands both Encinas Creek viewupstream and downstream and is identified for conservation as part of the City of Carlsbad's Habitat Management Plan. Active management of the 8.0-acres Preserve is expected to begin in 2014 after a five-year mitigation/restoration effort is completed.

History: This open space preserve was required to be set aside as mitigation for the development of a three story office building by Kelly/JRM on 16 acres and a 24-Hour Fitness center, which included construction of the Laurel Street Lane crossing at Encinas Creek. Development of the office building impacted a total of 0.32 acres of wetlands. As a result, the developer was required to provide for the restoration and creation of a minimum of 0.68 acres of wetlands. A 5-year restoration effort was performed in order to enhance the riparian habitat along Encinas Creek, develop a native habitat buffer along the riparian corridor, and create expanded wetland and fringing riparian habitat to broaden the riparian zone. JRM is the developer and Merkell and Associates is the restoration contractor.

Habitat: Once restored, the Preserve will consist of 2.0 acres of southern cottonwood-willow riparian forest, 1.6 acres of Diegan coastal sage scrub, 1.5 acres of southern mixed chaparral, 1.5 acres of floodplain riparian scrub, 0.4 acre of freshwater marsh, and 0.3 acre of southern willow scrub.  The Preserve also includes a 0.20-acre bio-swale and a public pedestrian trail that is part of the City of Carlsbad’s trail network and maintained by the City of Carlsbad.

Management Duties: San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC) will monitor 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 will be removed as necessary. SDHC will educate the occupants and maintenance staff of the adjacent office building by providing an annual newsletter that describes the sensitive resources, the need for community support to preserve the resources, and to explain how to avoid indirect impacts to the resources from exotic plant and pest species.

Species of Special Interest: Least Bell's vireo.

Chaparral Habitat
Diegan Coastal Sage Scrub Habitat
Riparian Habitat
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Encinas Preserve map