Resource Management Plan
The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation has prepared a Resource Management Plan and a Public Access Plan for the 3,490-acre Ramona Grasslands Preserve. This involved compiling information on the Preserve’s existing resources, proposing ways to sustain those resources over time, and identifying opportunities for the public to access and enjoy this open space.
The first public workshop for the project was held on November 18, 2009. Baseline biological and cultural resources results were discussed and public input was taken regarding the proposed Public Access Plan. The second public workshop for the project was held on August 19, 2010. The purpose of this meeting was to provide a status update on the Public Access Plan for the Ramona Grasslands and what progress has been made since the first public workshop. The meeting explained the steps the County has taken in order to develop a preliminary preferred public access plan. These steps included the development of three conceptual public access plans based on public input from the first workshop and additional meetings with five individual stakeholder groups in order to further refine access opportunities and constraints. The public then had the opportunity to ask questions and make comments regarding the preliminary preferred public access plan. Items from both workshops and workshop summary results are provided below.
RMP and Public Access Status
Oak Country II Trails Project Status
The approximately 4-mile trail loop and staging area at Oak Country was approved by the Board of Supervisors on August 5 and October 15, 2009.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 3, 2011 to formally open the trail to the public.
Ramona Grasslands Preserve Project Status
The 9.3 mile proposed public access trail and Resource Management Plan (RMP) were approved by the Board of Supervisors on August 7, 2013. Various management actions outlined in the RMP are currently being implemented. RMP species monitoring actions are being refined and prioritized for implementation in 2014.
Phase I of the public access project consisting of a trail and staging area in the northeast quadrant may begin construction as early as fall of 2014 if funding can be identified. In the meantime, additional baseline data on raptors use of the Preserve are being collected in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.