Due to an unexpectedly high number of visitors to the recently restored San Dieguito wetlands, uniformed rangers are now patrolling the nature preserve. The rangers will provide visitors with maps and information, and ensure they stick to the trails and out of the sensitive habitat, which is critical for the restoration project's success.
As more of the trail system becomes operational, the rangers will also lead hikes and help maintain the paths.
The ranger service is funded by San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison, which paid for the $86 million wetlands restoration project as mitigation for environmental damage caused by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
The project is expected to be complete later this year.