Overview

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Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
“A Wetland of International Importance” International Ramsar Convention, 2005

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve preserves, protects, and manages the natural and cultural resources of the Tijuana River Estuary by focusing on research and education with compatible recreation and resource use. The Reserve encompasses beach, dune, mudflat, salt marsh, riparian, coastal sage scrub, and upland habitats surrounded by the growing cities of Tijuana, Imperial Beach, and San Diego. Critical issues confronted by the Reserve include habitat conservation and restoration, endangered species management, management of the wastewater from Mexico, sediment management, and the integration of recreation.
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National Estuarine Research Reserve System
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is a network of protected areas established for long-term research, education, and stewardship. Through a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Estuarine Reserves Division and the coastal states, the NERRS plays a critical role in sustaining the nation’s estuaries and coastal communities. There are currently 29 Reserves located throughout the United States, comprising more than one million acres of estuarine land and water. Reserves conduct research, monitoring, restoration, education, and training designed to improve our understanding and management of estuaries.

Map of the Research ReservesNERRSmap


Cooperating Agencies
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is a partnership between the United States and the State of California that links the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California State Parks, and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. California State Parks operates the Visitor Center and maintains Border Field State Park. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge. The two agencies cooperate to ensure seamless management of the Reserve’s natural resources while furthering the Reserve’s educational and interpretive programs. In addition, several regional agencies and local municipalities share ownership and management responsibilities at the Reserve; they sit on the Reserve’s Advisory Council.

NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 29 protected areas established for long-term research, education and stewardship. In addition to providing essential habitat for wildlife, the system offers educational opportunities and serves as living laboratories for scientists to protect and enhance coastal wetlands far beyond the boundaries of each individual reserve.

California State Parks
The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by helping preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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