Border Field State Park: Divided Together App is LIVE on Apple and Google! The Podcast series has been launched!

The Border Field State Park: Divided Together app is live on Apple and Google. The app is a self-guided tour with highlights of the Divided Together podcast (coming soon) and is meant for high school age and up. There are currently three stops to the tour, with more coming: Kumeyaay Nation Divided by the Border, Indigenous Land Use Practices, and Scientists and Geographers Working Across Borders.

Each stop is geopositioned around the turf on Monument Mesa. It has text, quotes, and an audio excerpt from the podcast. 

You can find the app on Apple or Google by searching for “Border Field State Park.” Before you come to the Park, it is recommended that you download the app, then download the tour (1 MB). If not, you can download the app closer to the entrance of the park, where there is better service. We recommend this because the service can be spotty on Monument Mesa.

Alternatively, you can also use the web app https://borderfieldsp.stqry.app from any device that has access to the internet.

Divided Together Podcast

Episode 4: Human Rights Along the Border

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Pedro Rios Director of the U.S. Border Program of the American Friends Service Committee. Photo credit: Gustavo Mayoral

This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.

In 1917 during World War I, there was concern among Quakers- a largely religious group of people – to find ways to serve without joining the military or taking lives.

The American Friends Service Committee quickly established itself as an organization for humanitarian relief and social change. They were also in direct contact with the U.S. military discussing how to move forward with conscientious or religious objectors to war. This was in direct response to the military’s inconsistency in dealing with religious objectors during previous periods of conflict.

Over time, the American Friends Service Committee’s reputation grew. In 1947, they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and since then have worked with groups from all backgrounds and cultures around the world to promote a world free of violence, inequality, and oppression. Here in the Southern California border region, this work largely focuses on immigration and humanitarian concerns.

In this episode we’ll hear how the American Friends Service Committee has had an impact on the border region and the lives of those involved in the work they do.

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series for Border Field State Park, brought to you by California State Parks Foundation, Parks California, and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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Episode 3: Indigenous Land Use Practices

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This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.

As climate change continues to wreak more havoc both locally and abroad, how we manage land will become more of a significant factor in protecting the planet’s resources. However, here in California, we don’t have to look far to find ways to accomplish that. 

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay have implemented land management practices to both protect and enhance resources and productivity of the land, whether it’s for food or medicine or other raw materials. To this day, some of those traditional practices are still in use. This ranges anywhere from building rock walls to utilizing controlled burns.

In this episode of Divided Together, we’ll hear from two members of the Kumeyaay Nation and how their ancestors have used the land’s resources to benefit both the land and the people, as well as why these practices are necessary in our increasingly changing climate.

This episode closes with a special twenty-seven-year-old recording of the late San Jose de la Zorra elder, Gloria Castaneda, describing the juncus collecting song. Audio courtesy her daughter, Ana Gloria Rodriguez.

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series for Border Field State Park, brought to you by California State Parks Foundation, Parks California, and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Photo: Kristie Orosco, San Pasqual Band of Diegueno; Mike Connolly, Campo Band of Diegueno Mission Indians.

Photo Credit: Gustavo Mayoral

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Episode 2: Scientists and Geographers Working Across Borders

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Photos: (left to right)- Dr. Jeff Crooks, TRNERR Research Coordinator; Dr. Julio Lorda, UABC; Dr. Trent Biggs, SDSU; Dr. Napoleon Gudino, UABC. Photo credit: Gustavo Mayoral 

This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay. 

In 1982, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve was established. Its goal was, and still is, to enhance scientific collaboration and research within the watershed that is split between two countries, Mexico and the United States. Three quarters of this massive water basin lies in Mexico, making this collaboration even more necessary and important. 

Over time, various research partnerships were created to study erosion, sedimentation, and tropicalization. More recently, geography professors have studied erosion and sedimentation in Los Laureles Canyon in Tijuana, a sub-watershed that flows right into Border Field State Park. When it comes to the ocean, tropicalization is another significant collaboration topic. 

In this episode we’ll hear from some of the geographers and scientists working back and forth across the border, some of the challenges and rewards they’ve encountered, and ways to make studying this landscape and marine environment more accessible.

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series for Border Field State Park, brought to you by California State Parks Foundation, Parks California, and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Photos: (top to bottom)- Dr. Jeff Crooks, TRNERR Research Coordinator; Dr. Julio Lorda, UABC; Dr. Trent Biggs, SDSU; Dr. Napoleon Gudino, UABC.

Photo credit: Gustavo Mayoral

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Episode 1: Kumeyaay Nation Divided by the Border

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Ana Gloria Rodriguez, Kumeyaay from San Jose de la Zorra, Mexico from the “Kumeyaay Nation Divided by the Border” episode.

This is the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay. 

When the border between the United States and Mexico was established in the 1850s, the land of the Kumeyaay was split between the new American state of California and northern Mexico. People and culture were immediately divided. In the over 170 years since, the effects on the culture and land management have become evident.

In this first episode of Divided Together, we’ll hear from a respected member of the Kumeyaay Nation, Ana Gloria “Martha” Rodriguez. For nearly 20 years, Martha and her family have been important stakeholders for California State Parks in San Diego County, often sharing cultural knowledge and providing invaluable feedback on proposed projects. She and her husband, Dr. Stanley Rodriguez, participated in our Fiesta del Rio event for ten years. They both run the Kosay Kumeyaay Market in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. We’ll hear how this border has had an impact on the people and the land over the centuries, and we’ll hear what Martha is doing to help prevent further erosion and maintain the Kumeyaay way of life and spirit.

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series for Border Field State Park, brought to you by California State Parks Foundation, Parks California, and the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Photo credit: Gustavo Mayoral

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Re-Opening! COVID-19 Update

EFFECTIVE (October 5, 2021) – Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center is re-opened for normal business days/hours. Border Field State Park (BFSP) is currently closed due to a recent cross-border flow event from the rainstorm. The roads and trails may be flooded with sewage contaminated water and mud. Out of precaution and public safety, the park is closed to hiking, biking, equestrian activity and vehicles until further notice.

 

Here are some additional guidelines for visiting the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research reserve:

What is open now?

  • The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset for walking, hiking and bike.
  • The following trails are open: River Mouth Trail, Visitor Center Trail, N. and S. McCoy Trail, and Clapper Rail Trail.
  • Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.
  • The parking lot and restrooms adjacent to the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.

What is currently closed?

  • BFSP is closed to hiking, biking, equestrian activity and vehicles.
  • Restrooms at BFSP are closed.
  • Friendship Circle is closed. Be advised that Friendship Circle is operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
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Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

  • Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
  • Plan Ahead– Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
  • Play It Safe– Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at ca.gov/SafetyTips.
  • Be COVID-19 Safe– State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
    • Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
    • Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.

Thank you for your interest in the Tijuana Estuary and Border Field State Park. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates: Facebook  I  Twitter  I  Instagram.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit CA State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center

 

40 Years of Restoration at Tijuana Estuary: Lessons Learned

Hot off the press! Check out the newest book on the history of habitat restoration in and around the Tijuana Estuary, by Chris Nordby. 
 
SELLER’S NOTE: Many stressors have been identified by resource managers and scientists at Tijuana Estuary. Measures have been implemented to control and reverse their effects on the ecosystem. This report summarizes restoration activities and lessons learned during the last 40 years as they may inform future restoration efforts and resource management decisions.
 

DESCRIPTION: Tijuana Estuary, located in the southwestern corner of the continental U.S., has a complex history; ecologically, politically and geographically. While the estuary is located entirely within San Diego County, three fourths of its watershed is within Mexico. Each of many stressors have been identified by resource managers and scientists who work at Tijuana Estuary and measures have been implemented to control and reverse their effects on the ecosystem.

The objective of this report is to summarize restoration activities at Tijuana Estuary during approximately the last 40 years (1976-2016) with an emphasis on the lessons learned as they may inform future restoration efforts and resource management decisions. The intended audience includes resource managers and regulatory agencies, the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve staff, future funding agencies and the general public. This report will also serve to memorialize a comprehensive list of restoration projects in a single document.

 
Purchase the book here.
 
You can also download a printable free copy.  

Salt Marsh Secrets

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This e-book records favorite stories about salt marsh secrets that my collaborators and I uncovered while studying southern California coastal wetlands, from the 1970s to date. In 1986, we became the Pacific Estuarine Research Lab.

Please download the files as they appear online and enjoy learning what we learned…and more. You’ll meet many “detectives,” and you’ll be able to appreciate how they learned so much–undeterred by mud and flood. Learn while exploring the salt marshes near you!

PDF name and brief description:

Preface: Learning while exploring (2 MB)
1. Discovering Secrets: Introducing salt marshes (17 MB)
2. Seasonal Change: How weather and tides change over the year (11 MB)
3. Rare Plant & Bird: An annual plant and a clapper rail (9 MB)
4. Where Plants Grow: The influence of salt and water and more (7 MB)
5. Perennials & Annuals: How short- and long-lived plants get along (22 MB)
6. Salt Marsh Weeds: Which species invade and why (11 MB)
7. Sedimentation: A little sedimentation is good; a lot is not (25 MB)
8. Heterogeneity: Variable elevation and patchiness (16 MB)
9. Transitions: From marsh plain to high marsh to upland (9 MB)
10. Testing Diversity: What diversity affects and what affects diversity (15 MB)
11. Runoff Cattails Algae: Freshwater pulses trigger pesky invaders (18 MB)
12. Dunes: Why our dunes are low and flat (6 MB)
13. Damages: How we damage salt marshes (9 MB)
14. Go Fish: Fish and invertebrates respond to changing waters (10 MB)
15. Animal Mobility: Mobile and immobile species (6 MB)
16. Food Web: Who eats whom (12 MB)
17. Conservation Battles: It wasn’t easy saving salt marshes (6 MB)
18. Restoration: Returning tidal influence (25 MB)
19. Testing Theory: Contributions to the science of ecology (21 MB)
20. References: References cited and other PERL research (2 MB)
21. PERL alumni: Where the “detectives” are now (4 MB)

12th Annual Tijuana River Action Month

Join us virtually and in-person for TRAM: September 18 – October 16, 2021

Tijuana River Action Month (TRAM) is back with a hybrid series of events this year. It will include a variety of online workshops, livestreams, art contests, clean-ups, restoration events, and more. Events will take place on both sides of the border and anyone can participate from either side.

To see all the virtual opportunities being offered for TRAM 2021 please visit: https://www.facebook.com/TijuanaRiverActionNetwork/events

Tijuana River Action Month is a series of education and stewardship events held during September and October to benefit the Tijuana River Watershed. The goals of TRAM are to mobilize a record number of community volunteers and groups to become stewards of the Tijuana River Watershed; and, to recognize key efforts and investments by public and private agencies, businesses, non-profits and community groups to protect and restore the Tijuana River.

For more information:

Volunteer Coordinator
(619) 575-3613 x330  office
volunteer(at)trnerrtest.wpengine.com

Tijuana River Action Network is a cross-border collaboration to address the conservation and restoration of the Tijuana River watershed by engaging in outreach, education, and being advocates for natural resources.

45-Day Review and Public Meeting: Nelson Sloan Quarry Restoration and Beneficial Reuse of Sediment Project Draft EIR

Virtual Public Meeting:
Thursday, October 14, 2021
6:00 – 7:30pm
Comment Period Deadline:
November 4, 2021

On September 20, 2021, California Department of Parks and Recreation, acting as lead agency, issued for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that, in accordance with California Environmental Quality Act requirements, evaluates potential environmental effects associated with the proposed Nelson Sloan Quarry Restoration and Beneficial Reuse of Sediment Project (Project). 

The Project consists of the beneficial reuse of excess sediment excavated from flood control facilities and disturbed habitats in the Tijuana River Valley towards the reclamation of previously quarried slopes and restoration of the topography and native habitat of the Nelson Sloan Quarry site.

The purpose of the virtual public meeting is to provide participants a project overview and to solicit comments on the analysis presented in the Draft EIR.

The link to the virtual public meeting on Thursday, October 14th, instructions on where to send comments, and the full text of the Notice of Availability, entire Draft EIR document and appendices are available for review at: https://trnerr.org/about/public-notices/.

The deadline to submit comments is November 4, 2021.

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