Welcome to the Torrey Pines Association

...guarding San Diego's priceless heritage, Torrey Pines ... permanently.

Discover, enjoy, and protect Torrey Pines by becoming a member of TPA, the nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to preserving native habitat and increasing appreciation for Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve!

The trail is closed, but the gate sure looks nice...

TPA Counselor John Durant, a San Diego professional photographer, and his friend Stuart Burton, fine artist, collaborated on beautifying the gates that close off the lead in trail to Parry Grove Trail, Whitaker Garden and
the Whitaker overlook. (Once again, work on Parry Grove has halted during gnatcatcher nesting season, and will not resume until Fall 2014.)

Working from a Durant photo -- one of many fine-art images he's created of the Reserve -- Burton painted this vibrant original work. "I grew up here in San Diego," says Burton, "and I came to the park with my mother on her plein-air outings. The Reserve is such an important part of our community, and I didn't hesitate when John asked me to help beautify the gate." The original painting on canvas was then scanned, printed to size on weather resistant material, and attached to the existing brown-plywood gate.

Digital One Color of San Diego donated the printing and substrate costs.

Signed, limited edition, fine-art giclée prints (color-fast digital inkjet) of the painting will soon be available in the gift shop for a donation of $250, and 50% of the proceeds will benefit the Reserve. The original painting is for sale direct from the artist.

TPA Wildflower Hike

Even though this year there are not many wildflowers, TPA members and docents alike enjoyed their stroll along the Guy Fleming Trail. Our amazing guide, docent and wildflower enthusiast Margaret Fillius shared a wealth of information. The hikers learned not only about wild flowers but about different kinds of pollination, native and invasive plants, the history of the Reserve, and so much more. If  you missed the hike and would like to learn more, check out Margaret Fillius' book "Native Plants" in the Lodge gift store. Bring your TPA membership card and receive a 10% discount at the store. Membership expired? Renew here!

Status Update -- Los Penasquitos Lagoon

by Mike Hastings, Executive Director of the Los Penasquitos Lagoon Foundation
Background - Why the inlet closed
Recently the ocean inlet at Los Penasquitos Lagoon closed due to large volumes of sand and cobblestones pushed into the lagoon from ocean tides and wave events from the previous winter and spring. While large rainfall amounts occurred during the end of February through to early March, the exceptionally large waves that occurred along the San Diego coast during the same time abated any benefits associated with lagoon outflows augmented by storm runoff. The waves that hit the coast on March 1 were extremely large and well outside of norm for this coastline. It is most likely that it was this wave event that ultimately plugged up the inlet.

Vector Management - Mosquitos and Midges
The County's Department of Environmental Health has been alerted of the inlet closure and will determine the most effective means to control mosquito populations until the inlet is re-opened.

ADA Trail in the Works: South Fork of Broken Hill

South Fork of Broken Hill will be closed for completion of the trail upgrades beginning 2/19/14.  The trail will be closed to all traffic to avoid damage to the trail surface while it dries and hardens.

We know our members are more attuned to proper use of the Reserve than others, so can you please exhort friends, family, and others you meet on the trail to obey the rules?
Thanks. The pictures speak for themselves, don't they?

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Torrey Pines Association

P.O. Box 345
La Jolla, CA 92038