Lands

Restoration & Land Stewardship

Palos Verdes Peninsula cactus wrenWhy 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.

 Preserve Restoration Notes

 Palos Verdes Nature Preserve

 White Point Preserve and Nature Education Center

 pdfPalos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Map (Natural Open Space Preserves on the Palos Verdes Peninsula) [PDF:4.5MB]

 pdfFirst in a series of four articles about habitat restoration from First Quarter 2013 Open Spaces Newsletter [PDF:78KB]