The BVAS Ridgway’s Rail Society was established in May, 2014, in support of BVAS efforts to acquire two properties for conservation. It is comprised of BVAS members, individual members of the community, conservation groups, service groups, private foundations, corporations, and public entities that make a financial donation to the BVAS Ridgway’s Rail Society Fund.
The Fund is dedicated to supporting BVAS efforts to purchase land for conservation, obtain conservation easements, restore habitat, and provide for on-going habitat management. The BVAS Board set an initial goal of raising $1 million for the Fund.
By January, 2016, BVAS was able to raise a total of $1,560,000 to complete the acquisition of a 3.55-acre parcel of vacant land adjacent to the Buena Vista Lagoon and across the street from the BVAS Nature Center. The funds were raised from generous contributions from the community, $50,000 grants from Preserve Calavera, North County Advocates, and the Wimberly Fund at Audubon California, and a grant of $1.350 million from the California Wildlife Conservation Board. With this acquisition, BVAS became a landowner for the first time in its 65-plus years of existence.
BVAS is currently in escrow for purchasing its second piece of property, the 31-acre Cheatham property in the San Luis Rey River watershed. This will be restored to Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, suitable for the endangered CA gnatcatcher and other species of wildlife. The Navy has paid for half of the $1.56 million acquisition costs, and we received generous grants from the State Natural Resources Agency, CA Audubon's Wimberly Fund, North County Advocates, and the Brian Malk Nature Fund, as well as several thousand dollars from individual donations.
At its inception in May, 2014, the Ridgway’s Rail Society was initially dedicated to raising funds to help purchase two specific parcels of land. The Fund is ultimately intended to be an on-going fund of money available for future possible acquisitions and restoration and management of the two properties.
BVAS hopes that restoration of the BV Lagoon parcel will be folded into the larger BV Lagoon Enhancement project, under current review by SANDAG staff. However, there will still be a need for funds to cover various land management activities. While the Navy is paying for the San Luis Rey property restoration and management costs, there will still be a need for our own source of funds to cover miscellaneous activities such as signage and land management staff.
Donations to the Ridgway’s Rail Society Fund are maintained in a special BVAS account at a chartered financial institution, licensed brokerage house, or a recognized charitable foundation. The Fund will be used solely as a means to acquire and manage funds for land acquisition, restoration, and management. The Fund will be allowed to accumulate in an investment or interest-bearing account until such time as appropriate acquisition, restoration, or habitat management opportunities are presented.
All donors to the Ridgway’s Rail Society Fund will receive official recognition by BVAS.
Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring
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