Fallbrook Land Conservancy works to improve Monserate Mountain Preserve

Hikers exit the Monserate Mountain trailhead during one of multiple Fallbrook Land Conservancy volunteer days, Thursday, Feb. 11. The FLC is in the process of narrowing the beginning of the trail to allow native vegetation to grow in an effort to restore part of the landscape. Village News/Shane Gibson photo
Slowly but surely, the Fallbrook Land Conservancy is working to turn part of Monserate Mountain into a bit more hospitable of a place for the critters that call it home – and by extension making it a little more beautiful for the humans who visit.The land conservancy is in the process of giving the bottom portion of the trail, located just east of Interstate 15 near the Horse Ranch Creek development, something of a “facelift,” FLC board chair Susan Liebes said Feb. 11 at one of the nonprofit organization’s volunteer events on the mountain.The FLC upgraded the trail to prevent issues with runoff, Liebes said, and it has now begun adding more native plants and setting up a fence to keep hikers within the trail area, which will help keep nearby plants and wildlife safe.The
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