2.22.2009

The San Elijo Lagoon


Decimated and destroyed by development, more than 90% of all coastal wetlands in California are lost forever. Gone with them are recreational opportunities, habitat for endangered plants and animals, and free ecosystem services such as flood and erosion control.

The San Elijo Lagoon (pronounced san a-lay-hoe) is one of few remaining coastal wetlands of San Diego County and home to an exceptional number of animals and plants. It lies along the coast between the cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas of San Diego County, extending inland to Rancho Santa Fe. The lagoon is part of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, a county and state regional park of nearly 1,000 acres of diverse habitat including six plant communties: coastal strand, salt marsh, brackish/freshwater marsh, riparian scrub, coastal sage scrub and mixed chaparral. In the reserve you can access over seven miles of trails via eight trailheads and encounter a wide variety of flora and fauna. (info from www.sanelijo.org)

3 comments:

Tanya said...

What a moody reflection, I like it :)

Babooshka said...

Iused to be a voluntary warden at a weltands place so I know how vital these places are. Just a beautiful sight.

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