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North County Advocates Pledges $50K to Local Open Space Acquisition

North County Advocates, (NCA), a non-profit organization headquartered in Carlsbad dedicated to preserving open space and the quality of life in North County San Diego Coastal Communities, is pleased to announce that it has pledged $50,000 to support the Buena Vista Audubon Society’s (BVAS) plan to purchase two separate Oceanside properties adjacent to sensitive wetlands.

Buena Vista Audubon Society to purchase Oceanside properties adjacent to sensitive wetlands with funds raised.

The BVAS has entered into purchase agreements with two separate landowners. One parcel is 3.56 acres along Pacific Coast Highway in South Oceanside next to the Buena Vista Lagoon. The land is directly across the highway from the BVAS Nature Center. The other property is 31 acres adjacent to the San Luis Rey River, just a few hundred yards west of the Whelan Lake Bird Sanctuary and bordered on the north by Camp Pendleton. Both represent important opportunities for restoration.

“We are thrilled to assist the BVAS with these purchases because we know how precious our natural spaces are becoming in San Diego’s Coastal Communities,” says Patricia Bleha, Director and Founding Member of the NCA. “Preserving natural habitats for endangered species while ensuring a healthy balance of open space and development with area cities is our main focus. Supporting the BVAS is in perfect alignment with our mission at the NCA.”

According to the BVAS, the land is expected to appraise between $3-4 million. Not only is funding needed to purchase the land, but to restore it and establish an endowment to provide for ongoing habitat management. Additional organizations are also stepping forward to pledge funds as part of the BVAS matching grant campaign entitled the Clipper Rail Society.

Please consider making a donation to BVAS. Write on the left bottom corner of your check or money orders: “Clapper Rail Society – NCA”. All donated funds will do directly to the BVAS.

For more information, please contact Pat Bleha, at pat@northcountyadvocates.com. You can also contact Andy Mauro at the BVAS at 760-753-1266.