Resource Management

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve resource protection, management and restoration programs provide coordinated, proactive responses to the unique opportunities and challenges to habitat protection the Reserve faces.

Many of the protection, management, and restoration challenges, goals, and tasks emphasize the southern end of the Reserve where past degradation and current threats are greatest. However, significant restoration efforts, primarily for upland habitats, will continue to be implemented in the northern end of the Reserve as well. The proposed protection, management, and restoration actions will substantially improve the quality of the resources and the experience of Reserve visitors. 

The Plan of Action within the TRNERR Comprehensive Management Plan confirms the overall 5-year vision statement and goals for the 2010-2015 Plan. This plan will support preservation, protection, enhancement and restoration of the integrity of the Reserve’s ecosystems through informed action, in order to maintain biodiversity and migratory bird resources, and aid in the recovery of threatened and endangered species.

The TRNERR Resource Protection, Management, and Restoration program will be periodically reviewed and revised in response to changing watershed conditions and as new habitat management opportunities emerge.
The main Resource Management priorities established in the CMP are:
  • Establishment of the Reserve as a mitigation site
  • Commitment to sediment and trash management
  • Implementation of the Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program (TETRP)
  • Control of invasive plant species such as chrysanthemum and iceplant
  • Monitoring of threatened and endangered species 
  • Receiving site such as the Light-footed Ridgway's rail
Trapping Occurs on this Refuge.
Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations.  
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