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The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save a rare parcel of coastal land before it's too late, and to strengthen natural land and outdoor enjoyment all across the peninsula.
Please join us and Go Wild for the Peninsula.
The beauty of the South Bay attracts homeowners from across the country, but precious coastal natural lands are quickly disapperaring beneath bulldozers and concrete, which harms wildlife and human quality of life. We now have the opportunity to permanently protect and restore critical open space on the Palos Verdes Peninsula – one of California's rare "biodiversity hotspots" – and keep the peninsula wild. Join us in working to keep the remaining natural lands from destruction to benefit not only quality of life with clean air and water, but to protect local plants, birds, and other wildlife.
We need you to Go Wild for the Peninsula.
"This is a unique opportunity to add the last major piece of open space to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve – a critical piece for saving rare California wildlife from extinction. Our top priority now is to raise the funds needed to acquire and restore land in the 96-acre wildlife corridor, which connects the shoreline to preserved land above, and other Peninsula land preserved over the past years. All of this supports developing strong populations of our rare and endangered species."
Bill Ailor, Founder of the Conservancy
Natural areas on the Peninsula provide majestic vista points that possess amazing views and ocean breezes with a noticeable absence of building density, congestion, dirty air, and roads. This benefits us both mentally and physically as we have experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“For thirty-five years, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Land Conservancy have worked together to acquire and care for the lands that will now comprise a nearly 1500-acre Palos Verdes Nature Preserve and which are now protected forever. The acquisition of this 96-acre landscape is a dream fulfilled for the founders of Rancho Palos Verdes and residents throughout the Peninsula to protect this scenic land and develop a Wildlife Corridor. This success is the product of a strong partnership between the City and the Land Conservancy.”
David Bradley, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor
In addition to saving this coastal land, the Campaign will also support the removal of invasive, fire-prone plants using goats, organized volunteer crews, and skilled landscape contractors to prepare the land for native plant seedlings.
As a historic home site for the nearly extinct Palos Verdes blue butterfly – the rarest butterfly in the world -- the preservation and restoration of this land will provide a sanctuary for the safe reintroduction of this endangered species among wildflowers and coastal sage scrub plants that will also support a diverse array of imperiled species.
Goats effectively remove invasive weeds including fennel, ice plants and other non-native plants. This method of weeding by goat grazing is considered an environmentally friendly and economically efficient approach for fuel modification.
Native plants are grown in the Conservancy’s native plant nursery to propagate the coastal species of the Peninsula’s flora which evolved to flourish in this environment. This work will be accelerated to connect restored habitat areas within the Preserve in Rancho Palos Verdes with the new land acquisition and to enhance other critical areas of the White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro and the George F Canyon and Chandler Preserves in Rolling Hills Estates.
Go Wild for the Peninsula Press Release:
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Announces
“Go Wild for the Peninsula:" Million …
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