Palos Verdes Nature Preserve
The South Coast Chapter provided extensive input regarding the Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) that was created by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and approved on August 31, 2004. The final plan provided for preservation of almost all of the remaining open space in the City, although significant acreage was still subject to development, depending on the willingness of sellers and the availability of public funds for land acquisition.
In order to help the City implement the NCCP, the California Coastal Conservancy authorized a grant of up to $5.5 million on September 25, 2008 to purchase the 190-acre Upper Filiorum property.
The source of funds for the $5.5 million grant was an appropriation to the Conservancy from Proposition 84, the Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006. Consistent with the purposes specified in the Act, the acquisition of the Upper Filiorum property would protect natural habitat values of coastal lands on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, as well as promote access to and enjoyment of coastal resources of the state.
As indicated above, the Upper Filiorum property was acquired on December 30, 2009.
Effective 2012, the City established a 24/7 hotline for reporting misuse of the Preserve and for accessing Preserve information. A hotline operator will record information and forward to the Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority (MCRA) Rangers or other appropriate agencies, such as the Lomita Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Game, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy or City Staff.
MRCA Rangers patrol the City’s 1,450-acre Preserve an average of 45 hours per week to both educate the public on Preserve use and enforce City Ordinances. Below are concerns that are addressed by the Ranger Hotline:
- Dogs off-leash
- Dogs/horses/animals on beach
- Hikers/cyclists/equestrians off trails
- Misuse of trails (i.e., bicycles or horses on pedestrian-only trails)
- Reckless use of Preserve trails
- Motorized vehicles
- Removal/destruction of flora/fauna
- Removal or destruction/modification to Preserve signage
- Illegal dumping
Please call the Hotline at 310-491-5775 to report misuse of the Preserve.
For more information about the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, please see the following City of Rancho Palos Verdes web page: