Why is it important to restore habitat? Habitat restoration returns damaged lands to a healthier condition, increasing native plant species needed by rare or endangered animal species. Urbanization, agriculture, wildfires and introduction of non-native plants (weeds) all have contributed to species loss and endangerment. Restored habitats provide food, shelter and nesting areas for native species that survive only under certain conditions. Conservancy habitat restoration has significantly increased populations and assisted in the recovery of four at-risk species: the El Segundo blue butterfly, the Palos Verdes blue butterfly, the Coastal California gnatcatcher, and the cactus wren.
Research and planning are the keys to the Conservancy's stewardship of the Palos Verdes Peninsula's open spaces. When we acquire property for preservation, we conduct an assessment to establish baseline data of the current habitat conditions. When appropriate, we work to restore landscapes to enhance their authentic natural character. We control the spread of invasive plants, such as fennel and wild mustard, that damage ecosystems by displacing native species, change plant community structure, and reduce the value of habitat for wildlife. We cultivate over 60 species of local plants in our native plant nursery for our restoration work.
Palos Verdes Nature Preserve
- Alta Vicente Habitat Restoration Plan [PDF: 2.41MB]
- Portuguese Bend 15 acre habitat restoration plan [PDF: 2.75MB]
- Portuguese Bend Fire Recovery Plan [PDF: 1.46MB]
- Three Sisters Reserve Habitat Restoration Plan [PDF: 8.29MB]
- Three Sisters: McCarrells Canyon Restoration Plan [PDF: 4.38MB]
- Vicente Bluffs Restoration Plan [PDF: 280KB
White Point Preserve and Nature Education Center
- White Point Restoration Plan [PDF: 2.74MB]