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San Elijo Lagoon employee wins national fellowship

ENCINITAS — Encinitas resident Amy Trujillo is the recipient of a national fellowship designed to advance the work of individuals with outstanding leadership potential to help shape a brighter environmental future.
Trujillo is one of 40 individuals nationwide selected as a 2009 TogetherGreen Fellow. The TogetherGreen Fellowship offers specialized training in conservation planning and execution, the chance to work and share best practices with gifted conservation professionals, and assistance with project outreach and evaluation. Each Fellow receives $10,000 toward a community-focused project to engage local residents in conserving land, water and energy, and contributing to greater environmental health.
For her fellowship, Trujillo will focus on bringing the San Elijo Lagoon and Escondido Creek communities into a discussion about the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s properties. By approaching neighbor concerns in a cooperative and non-confrontational manner, Trujillo hopes to transform neighbors into stewards of the local watershed environments. Engaging neighboring landowners in a dialogue about their concerns and developing various management strategies will help create mutually agreeable solutions — benefiting the San Elijo Lagoon, Escondido Creek, and their neighbors.
Trujillo currently serves as a biologist for the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. In that capacity, she coordinates field crews and Land Stewardship Program activities, writes management plans, and provides GIS support to all teams.
“Amy is the kind of person who can make a real difference in the health of our environment and the quality of our future,” said Audubon President John Flicker. “Each of our TogetherGreen Fellows demonstrates exceptional environmental understanding and commitment, combined with tremendous potential to inspire and lead others. Together, they represent the talented and diverse leadership the environmental community will need to tackle the huge challenges and opportunities confronting us now and in the years to come.”
“At the Conservancy we recognize that excluding people from nature without addressing their needs will ultimately undermine conservation efforts. We must work to address issues important to our neighbors while maintaining our commitment to protecting this rare resource. The TogetherGreen program will help us bridge this gap,” Trujillo said.
Trujillo has been affiliated with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy since 2001.