View down Lake Drive, coming in from Via Rancho Pkwy.

The Del Dios Habitat Protection League (DDHPL) is a group of local volunteers who are dedicated to restoring and protecting the native riparian habitat and Oak Woodlands of Lake Hodges Watershed. 

Learn More about who we are and what we do, along with current projects, events and news.

GSOB Announcement:

It IS possible to protect high value oaks from this deadly invasive beetle.


Hands on GSOB Workshop

Wednesday June 21, 6:30 PM Del Dios Park

Learn from Ricardo Aguilar, Certified Arborist, Aguilar Plant Care about the life cycle of the borers attacking our trees and what can be done to keep our oaks healthy.

General Event Info...

Keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming work party dates. These will resume with the fall rains.

Click here for the latest Del Dios / Mt Israel GSOB map 

Click here for current, most up to date published information about GSOB

GSOB AdHoc committee meeting June 26

Join us for further discussions about how our community can work together to keep our oaks healthy now that we have a deadly beetle in the mix.

Don't just get a newsletter, become a Member or Donate

If you'd like to support our efforts, participate by becoming an active Member of the DDHPL or make a donation. Every little bit helps, and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you!  


GSOB spreads through firewood.

Do not move oak firewood from your property.

GSOB remains in a localized area, and does not travel long distances on their own. Pest relocation relies on the transportation of their species through firewood. The Forest Service is requesting to "Burn it where you buy it" and keep the wood (and the pest) localized. 


If you bring in firewood from outside Del Dios, make sure it is from a safe source.

When buying firewood, if the vendor isn't knowledgeable about pest risks, and where they obtained the wood, don't buy it. When you buy firewood, burn what you buy per season. DDHPL will try to have firewood sources for Fall.

Learn more about the beetle and containment here. 

Latest news

Firewood Update

With the majority of eucalyptus removed, firewood production has slowed dramatically.

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