Escondido, CA

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy awarded $10,000 grant

May 6, REI Co-op awarded the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) a $10,000 grant to promote and grow the Next to Nature (N2N) Program.   

SDRVC is working with a local, family-owned production company, Condor Visual Media, to create six webinars to focus on Landscape Site Design, Urban Green Infrastructure, Wildfire Risk Reduction, Water Management and Conservation, Sustainable Gardening, and Landscape Material and Energy Management.  

Through N2N, SDRVC and the Green Infrastructure Consortium (GIC) are partnering to encourage the creation of sustainable eco-beneficial landscapes by assisting residents and others to develop areas using nature-mimicking approaches that enhance habitat for nature, optimize water resources, grow food, conserve energy, and preserve the integrity of our natural spaces. 

Trish Boaz, executive director of the SDRVC, commented,  “All residents are land stewards. The N2N program helps them make informed landscape choices: build soil, harvest water, enhance habitat, grow food, and create value through the many benefits it will provide.  We are most excited about our N2N Program because it touches the lives of people of all communities throughout San Diego, not just the San Dieguito River watershed.  It is a landscape for life.” 

The N2N Program complements other region-wide efforts to increase the public’s participation in creating green spaces in urban areas. On May 5, 2021, by a unanimous vote, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors asked County departments to revise ordinances and develop a formal plan around sustainability and policy requiring the use of native plants.

“Sustainability is not just something we need in our communities, but also in how local government works,”  3rd District Supervisor Lawson-Remer said in a statement after the vote. 

SDRVC board Chairman Jim Smith, initiated the N2N Program at the SDRVC. In 2015, Jim and his wife, Jane Lea, decided to remodel their house, located across the street from Crest Canyon in Del Mar. The landscape at the time was a water-sucking lawn surrounded by non-native plants. Jim was introduced to native plants when developing a native plant website ( He wanted a landscape that brought the canyon into their yard, was friendly to local fauna and saved water.

For more information about the N2N Program go to

 The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy’s mission is to preserve, protect, and share the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation, and mobilize public support.

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