Celebrating Conservation

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy hosted a community open house and celebration of securing the land for Harbaugh Seaside Trails, a three-acre coastal overlook at the gateway between Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Solana Beach. The event included festive refreshments, an opportunity for community members to learn about the upcoming proposed plans for the restoration of the land with the unveiling of environmental design sketches, and the announcement that the property loan to secure the land has been fully repaid.

Proposals include the addition of trails, a native plant garden, a viewing deck, and a donor monument. Harbaugh Seaside Trails, a natural extension of the Coastal Rail Trail, will serve as a place for contemplation and enjoyment, dog walking, and a gathering spot for stunning sunsets over the ocean. It is adjacent to San Elijo Lagoon and creates an important buffer for protected wetland habitat. The trails were named to honor a $1.15 million donation made by the George and Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation, which made the security of the property possible.

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is a community-spirited nonprofit land trust that protects and restores the resources of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, its watershed, and related ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations through land stewardship, conservation education, habitat restoration, and scientific monitoring. The open house event also served as a celebration of community supporters as the conservancy enters its 30th year. Learn more at www.sanelijo.org/seasidetrails.