NCCP in Palos Verdes Peninsula Adopted
On August 31, 2004, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes finalized its
portion of a Natural Community Conservation Plan for the Palos Verdes
Peninsula. Targeting the most important habitat lands on the
peninsula for preservation, this was a giant step.
The plan is for a habitat preserve that contains almost all of the
remaining open space in the city, which is, in turn, a substantial part
of what’s left on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Among the species
protected are the California gnatcatcher, cactus wren, two endangered
butterflies, and a handful of locally rare plants. It is hoped
that additional lands placed in the preserve, especially by the city of
Palos Verdes Estates, will enhance these protections. Although
today this seems an unlikely event, the future success of the NCCP,
combined with continuing work by conservation groups, may eventually
There is still much work to be done before the NCCP preserve becomes a
reality. Details about how a local land conservancy will manage
the preserve are still to come. Also to come is a public use
plan, which must ensure visitors do not degrade the habitat. Even
more critical, though, is the funding to make all this possible.
While much has been raised locally, the bulk of funding will come from
state and federal sources, none of which has so far been locked in
EHL’s Jess Morton has worked for nearly 10 years to achieve this excellent outcome.