Pedestrian use, landscaping, pesticides and man-made improvements pose harm to Fairview Park’s ecologically sensitive vernal pools, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found.

In addition, the Service concluded after an 11-month review, the city should take steps, including fencing off the seasonal pools, to protect them and the tiny endangered species that lives in them.

The 11-page report, dated July 24, comes after the federal agency got involved last summer in a dispute that included unpermitted work to a pair of walking trails and the negative effect that work had on the endangered San Diego fairy shrimp in the nearby vernal pools, a wetland-like habitat.

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