FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Land Conservancy’s (FLC) annual membership drive is underway through May 11 to help raise funds and increase public awareness announced Gary Beeler, chairman of the non-profit group’s board of directors.
During the drive, information tables manned by volunteers will be set up on the weekends at Los Jilgueros and Monserate Mountain preserves, and at the entrance to the Santa Margarita River trail. At the booths, volunteers will field questions and distribute membership applications featuring guides to local preserves and trails.
The FLC was founded in 1988 with the mission to preserve and enhance the natural beauty and rural character of the community. More than 70 percent of the funding for the management of its 11 nature preserves and other operations comes from contributions by individuals, businesses and community organizations, explained Beeler.
“The continued support of our community is vital in helping us maintain the beauty of our open spaces, so that future generations can enjoy them,” Beeler added.
To help raise additional funds, El Jardin Restaurant in Fallbrook has also offered to donate a portion of its proceeds to the FLC starting on Earth Day, April 22 through Sunday, April 27. Diners present a coupon to their server, and El Jardin will donate 15 percent of their bill to the FLC. To download a coupon, visit www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org.
In addition, the FLC is one of more than 600 nonprofits participating in the giveBig online event on May 6. Hosted by the San Diego Foundation, the event is designed to increase philanthropic giving in San Diego County to local nonprofits that “make our community a better place to live, work and play.” During a 24-hour period, every donation between $25 and $1,000 to the FLC through giveBIG will be magnified by funds from an incentive pool of more than $150,000. For more information, visit www.sdfoundation.org/giveBIG.
The total acreage of land now protected by FLC ownership or conservation easement is 2,706 acres. Operations at the preserves include removing invasive species and restoring native habitat, as well as managing miles of hiking trails that require continual re-building, mowing, weed abatement, trash pickup and erosion control.