Fighting for Earth

Trish Boaz, Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC), received San Diego EarthWorks’ Sun Catcher Award, presented by former city councilwoman and Trish’s long-time friend Donna Frye, at the organization’s annual dinner. The award recognizes businesses, clubs, organizations, and individuals that contribute to a clean, healthy environment. Trish joined SDRVC in 2013 as executive director, bringing over 30 years of conservation and environmental knowledge to the position. In partnership with the San Dieguito River Park JPA and the Volcan Mountain Foundation, Trish led SDRVC’s efforts to raise funds for River Path Del Mar and the Birdwing Open Air Classroom at the San Dieguito Lagoon. She also helped finalize trail alignments at Lusardi Creek and Pamo Valley, obtained grant funding for continued habitat restoration projects, and worked with other conservation partners to acquire additional open space land.

Established in 1986, SDRVC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable management of the natural resources of the San Dieguito Watershed. Since its founding, the Conservancy has acquired thousands of acres of land, restored hundreds of acres of habitat, and is now close to completing the entire length of the 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail that stretches from North Beach in Del Mar to Volcan Mountain near Julian.

San Diego EarthWorks is a network of volunteers who work towards a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future for all living things by producing the annual EarthFair; hosting periodic community restoration and renewal projects; bringing together community, environmental, and government leaders to discuss issues of mutual concern; educating the public; and working with other local, national, and international organizations. For more information visit To learn more about SDRVC go to