Muroya Property Open Space Preserve (Preserve) consists of 8.53 acres in the City of Carlsbad, west of Black Rail Road, a secondary road off Aviara Parkway. The Preserve, which is owned by San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC), is an identified open space preserve area within the City of Carlsbad’s Habitat Management Plan and links other open space areas within the City. A five-year restoration program is currently in progress for approximately 0.92 acre of the total 8.53 acres. This restoration program will create 0.87 acre of southern maritime chaparral and 0.05 acre of southern mixed chaparral. SDHC assumed active management of the Muroya viewmajority of the property in late 2015. Once restoration is completed (estimated to be 2017) SDHC will include management of the 0.92-acre restoration site.

History: This open space preserve was required to be set aside as mitigation for an 11.5-acre residential development. This development impacted 0.29 acres of southern maritime chaparral which was mitigated for at a ratio of 3:1, thus requiring the creation of 0.87 acre of southern maritime chaparral and impacted 0.05 acre of southern mixed chaparral which was mitigated for at a ratio of 1:1.  Taylor Morrison was the project developer and Dudek was their CEQA consultant.  Dudek/HRS is performing the restoration and Dudek is performing the first three years of management duties as a City-approved cost saving measure for Taylor Morrison. 

Habitat: After restoration is completed, the Preserve is expected to consist of 5.14 acres of southern maritime chaparral, 2.03 acres of Diegan coastal sage scrub, 0.88 acre of southern mixed chaparral, 0.19 acre of native grassland, and 0.02 acre of Waters of the U.S.

Management Duties: SDHC will monitor the Preserve on a quarterly basis to observe and document substantial changes in the habitat composition and to identify potential conflicts to the preserve goals and the need for remedial measures. Non-native, invasive plant species will be removed as necessary. The federally threatened coastal California gnatcatcher will be surveyed for every three years and Nutall’s scrub oak, a MHCP-covered plant species, will be surveyed for annually.SDHC will meet with the Muroya Property Homeowners’ Association (HOA) every other year 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. In the years that SDHC does not present to the HOA, a newsletter will be provided.

Species of Special Interest: coastal California gnatcatcher, California adolphia, wart-stemmed ceanothus, Nuttall's scrub oak, Engelmann oak.

Chaparral Habitat
Diegan Coastal Sage Scrub Habitat
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Muroya Preserve map