Gonzales Canyon enhancement planning workshop to be held in Carmel Valley

By Karen Billing

The Friends of Gonzales Canyon will hold a workshop for canyon enhancement planning on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Library. San Diego Canyonlands has established the Canyon Enhancement Planning Committee to create a guide for all canyons that promotes access, connections to the community, restoration, conservation, environment-based education and ecologically-sensitive recreation. All Gonzales Canyon stakeholders are invited to attend.

The Friends will host several workshops in the coming months to prioritize the canyon’s needs such as habitat restoration, trail closures, trail improvements, new trails and other enhancement plans. The workshops will help create an action plan and then fundraising efforts will begin to implement the plan.

Saturday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. will also be the regular Friends monthly event. Volunteers will be planting in the areas west of the creek at Sword Way to restore an area burned by fire. For more information, email Freddy Arthur at