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    Seed Cleaning - November 16

    Help the habitat during one of the first stages of restoration! Tools and snacks provided. From 9:30 AM-12:30 PM. In Rancho Jamul.

    Earth Discovery Institute event page

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    Mother Miguel Nature Hike - November 23

    Hike to the peak of Mother Miguel (Rockhouse Trail) from 9AM - 12 PM with Refuge Biologist John Martin. 5 miles round-trip.

    More info here

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    Mountain Lion Safety

    They've been spotted in the vicinity of the refuge. Here are things you can do to enhance your safety and that of friends and family.

    Mountain Lion Safety


Southern Border Fuels Project


Riparian habitat in the Sweetwater River to be enhanced as a result of a multiple year project to control nonnative invasive plants. The project will improve habitat quality and reduce fire risk on approximately 242 acres along the Sweetwater River within the San Diego NWR.

Southern Border Fuels Project

Final EA completed for new parking lot

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The new 43-space parking lot, with 5 pull-through trailer spaces, will start construction in Fiscal Year 2020. It will support pedestrian, equestrian, and mountain bike users of the Refuge's Sweetwater River Trail, as well as volunteer and environmental education programs. Read here for more information and the recently completed Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI.

New Visitor Parking Area Planned

Refuge Manager receives award

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The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation recognized refuge manager Jill Terp for her outstanding partnership with the County in expanding trails within San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (SDNWR), and in the surrounding network of public lands surrounding the refuge. Jill was specifically recognized for three major projects.

Refuge Manager Jill Terp Recognized by County of San Diego
We are an Urban Refuge

The SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project

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On August 13, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director Dan Ashe announced a new $1M annual award for the SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project. This effort spans across the San Diego NWR Complex, Los Angeles, and the Hopper Mountain NWR Complex in Ventura. The project connects urban audiences with nature in their backyards, and engages Southern California communities and youth in wildlife conservation.

SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project

About the Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS