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Click here
to view the trail maps (Preserve Trails Plan) for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.
Click here to view the City Council adopted Public Use Master Plan (PUMP)
Click here to view the action minutes from the RPV/PVPLC monthly team meetings.
Click here to view the agendas and action minutes for the quarterly Public Forum Meetings.

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Photos courtesy of the PVPLC

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014 PUBLIC FORUM MEETING

Pursuant to City Council direction, the next quarterly public forum meeting will be held at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall Community Room located at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Click here to view the May 28 Public Forum Agenda, 2014 City Council Staff Report.

APRIL 15, 2014 CITY COUNCIL STAFF REPORT ON AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO THE MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT

On April 15, 2014, the City Council, as a Consent Calendar item, will be asked to approve Amendment No. 1 to the RPV / PVPLC Management Agreement to amend Exhibit A, the Map of the Preserve Properties that are Managed by the PVPLC, to reflect the removal of the Archery Range Property from the Preserve and the addition of 7 acres to the Preserve resulting from the reconfiguration of the boundary limits of Gateway Park as approved by the City Council at its April 1, 2014 meeting.

Click here to view the April 15, 2014 City Council Staff Report.

APRIL 1, 2014 CITY COUNCIL MEETING - PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE BOUNDARY LIMITS
The City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 PM at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, will consider the following:

  1. A request by the PVPLC to enroll the recently acquired City-owned 58-acre Malaga Canyon property into the NCCPs Palos Verdes Nature Preserve which will require amending, at a later date, the Management Agreement between the City and the PVPLC and the PUMP Document as it relates to the Preserve Trails Plans;
  2. Authorize Staff to bring back an amended Management Agreement and PUMP that reflects the removal of the Archery Range Property from the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve; and, 
  3. Authorize Staff to bring back an amended Management Agreement and PUMP that reflects the reconfiguration of the Preserve and Gateway Park. 

Click here to view the April 1, 2014 City Council Staff Report that includes the Staff Recommendations.

PORTUGUESE BEND RESERVE - SCE UTILITY POWER POLE REPLACEMENT PROJECT AND HELICOPTER FLIGHT ACTIVITY

On December 10, 2013, between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing 4 utility power poles partly in the lower Portuguese Bend Reserve (near Klondike Canyon) of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve and partly in the Sea View neighborhood (off Admirable Drive). 

Click here to view the SCE Utility Pole Replacement Project Site Plan

Due to the limited access to the utility pole locations, a helicopter will be used to remove the existing poles and install new poles.  The equipment and helicopter staging area will be located at the upper portion of Gateway Park outside of the Preserve.  This activity will require certain trails through the Gateway Park area to be intermittently closed throughout the day.  

Traffic on Palos Verdes Drive South will be intermittently stopped while the helicopter operates close to the street.  There may be some minor traffic delays between Schooner Drive and Gateway Park during the hours noted above.

If you have any questions, please contact Southern California Edison Aircraft Operations at (909) 974-4676 or the City’s Public Works Department at 310-544-5252.

2012 PVPLC ANNUAL REPORT AND 2010-2012 PVPLC CUMULATIVE REPORT

According to the current Management Agreement between the City and the PVPLC and the Draft NCCP and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), the PVPLC is required to submit an annual report and a three year cumulative report to the City Council on its management activities in the Preserve.  The Council will be asked to receive and file the 2012 PVPLC Annual Report and the 2010-2012 Cumulative Report at its upcoming December 3, 2013 meeting. 

Click here to view the 2012 PVPLC Annual Report
Click Here to view the 2010-2012 PVPLC Cumulative Report
Click here to view the December 3, 2013 City Council Staff Report on the PVPLC  Cumulative and Annual Reports

COUNCIL APPROVED PUMP DOCUMENT

On April 2, 2013, the City Council adopted the Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) Document for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve (Preserve).  In order to balance the public’s passive recreational needs with the protection of natural resources within the Preserve, the NCCP requires that the City and the PVPLC prepare a Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) for the Preserve.  The PUMP is intended to be a covered activity under the NCCP and address issues germane to the Preserve such as public access, trail and trailhead locations, parking, trail use, fencing, signage, lighting to name a few.

Click here to view the April 2, 2013 Council adopted PUMP Document

APRIL 2, 2013 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

On April 2, 2013, the City Council, at its regular scheduled meeting, will be asked to consider the following two recommendations related to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve:

1.    Approve, via minute order, the Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) document for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve; and,

2.    Review Staff’s proposal for a quarterly public forum to obtain direct feedback from the public on all the public use issues identified in the PUMP Document, and if acceptable, direct Staff to implement this approach beginning in May 2013 for a trial period of one year.

Click here to view the April 2, 2013 City Council Staff Report (including the updated PUMP Document).

Click here to view the City Staff Power Point Presentation shown at the April 2nd City Council meeting.

Click here to view the PVPLC Power Point presentation shown at the April 2nd City Council meeting.  

Click here to view the late correspondence provided to the Council at its April 2, 2013 meeting.  

Inquiries and/or public comments should be submitted to Ara Mihranian, Project Planner, at aram@rpv.com or 310-544-5228


MARCH 19, 2013 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

On March 19, 2013, the City Council, at its regular scheduled meeting, will be asked to review the following two separate agenda items related to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve:

1.    Adoption of the PUMP Document.  Click here to view the March 19th City Council Staff Report on this agenda item including the redline changes to  the PUMP document.

2.    Receive a status report on the management tools used to minimize trail user conflicts in the Preserve.  Click here to view the March 19th City Council Staff Report on this agenda item.  

Click here to view the Staff Power Point from the March 19, 2013 City Council meeting.

Inquiries and/or public comments should be submitted to Ara Mihranian, Project Planner, at aram@rpv.com or 310-544-5228.

AVAILABILITY OF THE PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE - PUBLIC USE MASTER PLAN (PUMP) DOCUMENT

On March 19, 2013, the City Council will consider the adoption of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve’s Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) Document.

On August 31, 2004, the City Council approved the City’s Natural Communities Conservation Planning Subarea Plan (NCCP).  The NCCP created what is known as the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve (Preserve) which currently stands at approximately 1,400 acres in size (approximately 17% of the City).  In order to ensure that the NCCP Preserve provides the public with recreational and educational opportunities while conserving the sensitive biological resources that exist in the Preserve, the City’s NCCP requires that the City and the PVPLC prepare a Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) for the Preserve.  The PUMP is intended to address issues germane to the Preserve such as public trail access, trailhead locations, parking, trail use, fencing, and signage to name a few.  The PTP that was originally approved by the City Council in April 2008, and amended by the City Council in October 2012, is just one component of the PUMP, albeit the biggest component.  Since the adoption of PTP, City and PVPLC Staff have worked closely with the Wildlife Agencies to finalize the PUMP document for City Council’s review at its upcoming March 19, 2013 meeting.

Inquiries should be directed to Ara Mihranian, Project Planner, at 310-544-5228 or via email at aram@rpv.com

LOWER POINT VICENTE AND OCEAN FRONT ESTATES BLUFF TOP EROSION CONTROL PROJECT

On Monday, February 11, 2013, the City will begin construction along the bluff top trail to mitigate erosion issues.   The Project includes installation of new drainage lines, Geotextile fabric, and gabion baskets seaward of the existing bluff top fence.  The public trails will primarily remain open during construction with intermittent closures intended to minimize inconveniences to trail users. 

Click here for more information (including an aerial plan of the project site)

Inquiries should be directed to Bindu Vaish, Public Works Department Associate Engineer, at 310-544-5252, or e-mail  binduv@rpv.com.

OCTOBER 2, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETING


The City Council will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, to consider, among other things, the following matters related to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve that were originally discussed at the May 15, 2012 City Council meeting:
  • the new trails plan for the Filiorum Reserve; and,
  • the recommended amendments to the overall Preserve Trails Plan (PTP) that was originally approved by the City Council in 2008;

Click here to view the October 2, 2012 City Council Staff Report (including attachments)

Click here to view the October 2, 2012 meeting notice.

Click here to view the Staff proposed amendments to the PTP (as presented at the May 15th City Council Meeting)

Click here to view the City and PVPLC Power Point Presentations

Click here to view the Late Correspondence from the October 2, 2012 City Council Meeting

The October 2, 2012 City Council Staff Report will be posted on the City's website in the coming weeks.   Information presented to the City Council at the May 15, 2012 meeting can be found below on this page.

PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE – RANGER HOTLINE NUMBER 310-491-5775

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is happy to announce that the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve Ranger Hotline is now in operation. The Hotline is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week for the purpose of reporting misuse of the Preserve and for accessing Preserve information. Callers speak with a hotline operator who takes down concerns and questions and forwards them directly to Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) Rangers, or other appropriate agencies, such as the Lomita Sherriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Game, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, or City Staff.

MRCA Rangers patrol the City’s 1,400-acre Preserve an average of 45 hours per week to both educate the public on Preserve use and enforce City ordinances.  While the Ranger Hotline is a service to Preserve users, it will also serve as a helpful tool to increase the City’s awareness of activity taking place in the Preserve.  Below are concerns that are anticipated to be handled by the Ranger Hotline:

  • Dogs off-leash
  • Dogs/horses/animals on beach
  • Hikers/cyclists/equestrians off trails
  • Misuse of trails (i.e. bicycles on pedestrian only trails, horses on pedestrian only trails, etc.)
  • Reckless use of Preserve trails
  • Paragliders in Preserve
  • Motorized vehicles/aircraft
  • Homeless encampments
  • Removal/destruction of flora/fauna
  • Removal or destruction/modification to Preserve signage
  • Illegal Dumping (after the fact)
  • Littering

Click Here for more information on the Ranger Hotline

Please remember to call the Hotline at 310-491-5775 to report the misuse of the Preserve.

2011 PVPLC ANNUAL REPORT

According to the current Management Agreement between the City and the PVPLC, the PVPLC is required to submit an annual report to the City Council on its management activities in the Preserve.  The Council will be asked, among other things, to receive and file the 2011 PVPLC Annual Report at its upcoming May 15, 2012 meeting. 

Click here to view the 2011 PVPLC Annual Report

MAY 15, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETIING

The City Council will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, to consider, among other things, the following matters related to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve:

  • Naming the preserve area encompassed by the recently acquired Upper Filiorum property as the “Filiorum Reserve;”
  • Approving the new trails plan for the Filiorum Reserve;
  • Approving recommended amendments to the overall Preserve Trails Plan (PTP) that was originally approved by the City Council in 2008;
  • Receiving and filing the 2011 PVPLC Annual Report; and,
  • Receiving and filing the 2012 Preserve Project Priority List

Information relating to some of the above listed items will be posted on the City’s homepage in the coming weeks, with the exception of the proposed trails plan for Upper Filiorum and the proposed recommended amendments to the overall Preserve Trails Plan.  This information is currently located on this page (see below).

Click here to view the May 15, 2012 City Council Staff Report (including attachments)

Click here to view the May 15, 2012 City Council Meeting Notice

Click here to view the power point presentations shown at the May 15, 2012 City Council meeting.

Click here to view the late correspondence for the May 15, 2012 City Council meeting.

AVAILABILITY OF THE DRAFT 2012 TRAILS PROJECT LIST FOR THE PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE

The Draft 2012 Trails Project List for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve is now available and is tentatively scheduled to be reviewed for adoption by the City Council in March 2012.  The list of trail projects planned for 2012 is based on priority and funding opportunities.  This list is intended to outline potential projects but may be amended.  Projects not completed will carry over to the following year.  In addition to the list, smaller-scale projects may be accomplished by the Volunteer Trail Crew on an as-needed basis.

Click here to view the Draft 2012 Trails Project List for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve

IMPORTANT NOTICE - TRAIL CONNECTION CLOSURE IN PORTUGUESE BEND RESERVE

The trail connection between the Fire Station Trail and the Rim Trail in Portuguese Bend Reserve is no longer accessible. This Trail connection is located on private property in the City of Rolling Hills. Please respect the property owner's request and observe posted signs in this area.

UPDATED MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT

On November 1, 2011, pursuant to the City’s Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP), the City Council is being asked to authorize the Mayor to execute an updated Management Agreement between the City and the PVPLC which clarifies the current on-going management responsibilities of each party.

Click here to view the November 1, 2011 City Council Staff Report

OCTOBER 18, 2011 CITY COUNCIL MEETING – PVPLC ANNUAL REPORTS

According to the current Operating Agreement between the City and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), the PVPLC is required to submit an annual report on the Preserve to the City Council.  The Council will be asked to receive and file the Annual Reports at its upcoming October 18, 2011 meeting for the 2008-2009 and 2010 reporting periods (starting in 2010, the annual report is based on a calendar year rather than a fiscal calendar). 

Click here to view the October 18, 2011 City Council Staff Report

PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE STATE OF THE TRAILS WORKSHOP – AVAILABILITY OF RESPONSES TO COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDED AMENDMENTS TO THE PRESERVE TRAILS PLAN

On April 30, 2011, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, with the assistance of the National Park Service, conducted a public workshop on the State of the Trails for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve (Preserve).  The purpose of the State of Trails Workshop was to provide the community with an update on the condition of the trails and the plans of the City and the PVPLC for the Preserve in the coming year. Additionally, this workshop was important for the City and the PVPLC to understand the community’s concerns, needs, and desires for the Preserve especially in regards to the existing Preserve Trails Plan (PTP) as it relates to trail conditions, trail signs, and trail connections.  Public comments received at the April 30th workshop and by the May 13th deadline have now been responded to by the City and the PVPLC. 

Click here to view the Responses to Comments from the State of the Trails Workshop

Click here to view the recommended amendments to the existing Preserve Trails Plan

The City Council, at a meeting tentatively scheduled for February 7, 2012, will receive a summary report on the State of the Trails Workshop along with any Staff recommended amendments to the existing Council adopted Preserve Trails Plan. 

OCTOBER 18, 2011 CITY COUNCIL MEETING – PVPLC ANNUAL REPORTS

According to the current Operating Agreement between the City and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), the PVPLC is required to submit an annual report on the Preserve to the City Council.  The Council will be asked to receive and file the Annual Reports at its upcoming October 18, 2011 meeting for the 2008-2009 and 2010 reporting periods (starting in 2010, the annual report is based on a calendar year rather than a fiscal calendar). 

Click here to view the 2008-2009 PVPLC Annual Report

Click here to view the 2010 PVPLC Annual Report

ANNOUNCING THE NEW PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE HOMEPAGE

Welcome to this new homepage on the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.  In an effort to simplify the location of information relating to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, this new homepage was created that essentially combines the NCCP and PUMP homepages to this one site.  The information found on this homepage contains current information at the top of the page, followed by less recent information, and then background information at the bottom of the page.  The information is taken directly from the NCCP and PUMP homepages.  From this point forward, future information pertaining to the Preserve, including information on the NCCP, will be posted exclusively on this homepage. 

Subscribers to both the NCCP and PUMP list-serves will be transferred to the new list-serve and will continue to receive e-notices for items posted on this new homepage.  In other words there is no need to re-subscribe if you already receive e-notices for items relating to the NCCP or PUMP homepages.  

Inquiries should be directed to Ara Mihranian, Project Planner, at 310-544-5228 or via email at aram@rpv.com.

PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE STATE OF THE TRAILS RESPONSES TO COMMENTS

On April 30, 2011, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), with the assistance of the National Park Service, conducted a State of the Trails workshop that was attended by approximately 40 persons. The purpose of the State of Trails Workshop was to provide the community with an update on the condition of the trails and the plans of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the PVPLC have for the Preserve in the coming year. Participation at this workshop was important for the City and the PVPLC to understand the community’s concerns, needs, and desires for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve especially in regards to the existing Preserve Trails Plan as it relates to trail conditions, trail signs, and trail connections.

Public comments received at the April 30th workshop and by mail by the May 13th deadline have been responded to by the City and the PVPLC.  

Click here to view the Responses to Comments from the State of the Trails Public Comments.

The City Council, at a meeting tentatively scheduled for early Fall 2011, will receive a summary report on the State of the Trails Workshop along with any Staff recommended amendments to the existing Council adopted Preserve Trails Plan.  A list serve message will be sent announcing the City Council meeting date. 

UPPER FILIORUM – AVAILABILITY OF THE DRAFT TRAILS PLAN AND RESPONSES TO COMMENTS

The 191-acre Upper Filiorum property was added to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve on December 31, 2009.  The acquisition resulted in over 900 contiguous acres of protected open space and a wildlife corridor linking the Three Sisters and the Portuguese Bend Reserves.  The City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, with the assistance of the National Parks Service, conducted two public workshops on September 8 and September 29, 2010 to receive public input on identifying trail routes and uses for the newly acquired Upper Filiorum Reserve.  

The City Council, at a meeting tentatively scheduled for summer 2011, will be presented with a draft Trails Map for Upper Filiorum along with a summary report on the April 30, 2011 State of the Trails Workshop and any Staff recommended amendments to the existing Council adopted Preserve Trails Plan (information from the State of the Trails Workshop will be made available at a later date).  At this time, the following information is available for the Upper Filiorum property:

Click here to view the Draft Trails Plan for Upper Filiorum (amended on May 24, 2011 by deleting the reference to the “Portuguese Bend Club” and replacing it with “Private Community Access”)

Click here to view the Responses to Comments from the September 8 and September 29, 2010 workshops on Upper Filiorum

Please note that a notice will be released with specific information relating to the upcoming City Council meeting.

Inquiries should be directed to Danielle LeFer with the PVPLC at Dlefer@pvplc.org or at 310-541-7613 or to Ara Mihranian with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at aram@rpv.com or at 310-544-5228.

PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE STATE OF THE TRAILS WORKSHOP

The April 30, 2011 State of the Trails workshop was attended by approximately 40 persons.  If you were unable to attend or did not to communicate a comment at the workshop, the City and the PVPLC will be accepting written comments through Friday, May 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm.  Please email written comments to Ara Mihranian, with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, at aram@rpv.com or Danielle LeFer, with the PVPLC, at Dlefer@pvplc.org.  Written comments may also be mailed to the Rancho Palos Verdes Community Development Department, Attention: Ara Mihranian, at 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.  Public comments received at the April 30th workshop and by the May 13th deadline will be responded to by the City and the PVPLC.  The responses to public comments will be posted on the City’s and the PVPLC’s websites in approximately one month.  A list-serve message will announce the availability of the responses to comments. 

Click here to view the State of the Trails Public Comment Card

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, with the assistance of the National Park Service, will conduct a public workshop on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center Community Room located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West.  The workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 am and will conclude at 12:30 pm.

The purpose of the State of Trails Workshop is to provide the community with an update on the condition of the trails and the plans of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for the Preserve in the coming year. Your participation at this workshop is important for the City and the PVPLC to understand the community’s concerns, needs, and desires for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve especially in regards to the existing Preserve Trails Plan as it relates to trail conditions, trail signs, and trail connections.

The City Council, at a meeting tentatively scheduled for early Summer 2011, will receive a summary report on the State of the Trails Workshop along with any Staff recommended amendments to the existing Council adopted Preserve Trails Plan.  The State of the Trails Workshop will not include any discussion on the recently acquired Upper Filiorum Preserve as two public workshops were conducted last year on Upper Filiorum and the outcome from these workshops will be presented to the City Council at the same Council meeting tentatively scheduled for early Summer 2011.

Click here to view the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve Trails Plan (not including Upper Filiorum Reserve)

Click here to view the April 30th State of the Trails Workshop Flyer

PALOS VERDES NATURE PRESERVE TRAILS PLAN UPDATE

In September 2010, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), with the assistance of the National Park Service, conducted two public workshops to develop a trails plan for the 191-acre Upper Filiorum property that was added to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve on December 31, 2009.  At these public workshops, participants provided the City and the PVPLC with suggestions on trail routes and uses to be considered for the Upper Filiorum Trails Plan.  Based on the public workshop comments, the City and the PVPLC are in the process of preparing a Trails Plan for the Filiorum property for consideration and approval by the City Council at a future meeting.  Additionally, the City and the PVPLC are also in the process of preparing formal responses to the public comments.  Both the Trails Plan for Upper Filiorum and the Responses to Comments will be made available to the public by mid-March 2011.  

In addition, it is Staff’s intent to provide the City Council with a status update on the overall Preserve, including trail usage, at a future City Council meeting. Furthermore, the City and the PVPLC will conduct a public workshop in April 2011 to obtain public input on the Preserve.  The public workshop, referred to as the “State of the Preserve,” will provide the public with an opportunity to give feedback on the condition of the Preserve, in particular trail usage.  The feedback received at this workshop will be provided to the City Council for its consideration when reviewing the overall condition of the Preserve.

The dates, times, and locations of the upcoming “State of the Preserve” public workshop and future City Council meetings will be announced to the public via mailed notices, list-serve messages, and advertisements in the Peninsula News.  Join the listserve (see link below) to receive electronic notices on the Preserve or other City matters.

UPPER FILIORUM - PUBLIC WORKSHOPS ON POTENTIAL TRAIL ROUTES AND USES

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, with support from the State Coastal Conservancy and contributions from over 700 supporters in the community, added the 191-acre Upper Filiorum property to the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve on December 31, 2009.  The acquisition resulted in over 900 contiguous acres of protected open space and a wildlife corridor linking the Three Sisters and the Portuguese Bend Reserves.

The City Council adopted Preserve Trails Plan will need to be amended to include the Upper Filiorum trail routes and uses, and your input on the trail planning is requested.   

On Wednesday, September 8, 2010 a workshop will be held at Fred Hesse Community Room located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this workshop is to receive public input on potential trail routes and uses at the newly acquired Upper Filiorum Reserve. 

Click here to view the power presentation from the September 8, 2010 trails workshop

Based on the public’s input at the September 8th workshop, a proposed Trails Plan for Upper Filiorum will be presented at a workshop on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Fred Hesse Community Room located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of this workshop is to receive public comments on the proposed Trails Plan for Upper Filiorum.

Click here to view the draft Trails Plan prepared for Upper Filiorum based on public input at the September 8th workshop.

Click here to view the public comment letters submitted to the City for the September 29, 2010 workshop.

The Draft Trails Plan for Upper Filiorum will be presented to the City Council for review and approval at a future meeting. 

Click here to view the public workshop flyer.

Click here to view the aerial map of Upper Filiorum

Click here to post comments on the Trails Workshop blog page  

Please note that a separate public workshop will be conducted to receive comments on trail routes and uses for the remaining Reserves.  A notice will be released with specific information relating to the workshop in the near future.

Inquiries should be directed to Lily Verdone with the PVPLC at lverdone@PVPLC.com or at 310-541-7613 or to Ara Mihranian with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at aram@rpv.com or at 310-544-5228.

PRESERVE TRAILS PLAN    

The Council adopted Preserve Trails Plan for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve is now available on the City’s Recreation and Parks homepage.

Click here to connect to the Recreation and Parks home page.

Click here for information and maps on the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve

APRIL 7, 2009 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes will conduct a public meeting (regular business agenda item) on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hesse Park Community Room located at 29301 Hawthorne Blvd to consider the following:

  • The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy 6-month report on trail use at the Portuguese Bend Reserve
  • The PUMP Committee’s recommendations pertaining to activities/uses (archery, paragliding, farming, etc.) in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve
  • The items to be included in the final Public Use Master Plan document for adoption at a later date, such as use of the Preserve in the evening, annual reporting requirements, and monitoring and enforcement.   

Click here to view the April 7th City Council Staff Report

Click here to view the PVPLC 6-month Report on the Portuguese Bend Reserve (June 6, 2008 – December 6, 2008)

All interested parties are invited to submit written comments and to attend and give testimony at the April 7th City Council Meeting.  If you wish to submit written comments, please provide them to the Director of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement by noon on Monday, April 6, 2009.  Written comments submitted by Monday, March 30, 2009 will be included in the City Council Staff Report. 

CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED PRESERVE TRAILS PLAN

On February 23, 2008, the City Council conducted an adjourned meeting to review the Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) Committee’s recommended Preserve Trails Plan for the City’s Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.  The City Council held four public meetings to review the PUMP Committee’s recommendations.  The Preserve Trails Plan was eventually adopted, in its entirety, by the City Council on April 29, 2008.  The Council adopted Preserve Trails Plan identifies the permitted trail routes and the permitted trail uses (pedestrian, equestrian, and bicycle) within the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. Click here to view the Council adopted Preserve Trails Plan.

In order to enhance a trail users experience and protect the native plants, animals, and habitat, please observe the following:

  • Travel on designated trails and adhere to the trail use designations (as shown on the Preserve Trails Plan)
  • The creations of jumps and new trails is prohibited
  • Please keep dogs on leash at all times
  • Take only pictures, leave everything else

Trail modifications of any kind are not permitted in the Preserve.  This includes construction of jumps, wooden ladders, earthern mounds, formation of berms and brush clearance.  Trail users can balance preservation with recreation by staying on designated trails.  Bicyclists must yield to pedestrian and equestrian traffic at all times.  Reckless behavior by any trail user is subject to removal from the Preserve.   

PORTUGUESE BEND RESERVE – TEMPORARY TIME-OUT

On June 3, 2008, the City Council lifted the temporary time-out imposed on the Portuguese Bend Reserve in November 2007. 

Click here to view the Portuguese Bend Reserve Trail Brochure.


THE PUMP COMPONENT OF THE VISION PLAN

The Vision Plan also includes the creation of the Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) for the Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve.

Click here for a map of the Preserve properties. The current Preserve consists of the following City owned properties:

  • Shoreline Park (52 acres)
  • The Switchbacks parcel (94 acres)
  • The Trump habitat preserve (71 acres)
  • The Forrestal Nature Preserve (154 acres)
  • The Portuguese Bend parcel (399 acres)
  • The coastal Abalone Cove and adjoining RDA parcels (110 acres)
  • The Barkentine parcel (98 acres)
  • The Fishing Access parcel (9 acres)
  • Portions of Lower and Upper Pt. Vicente (60 acres)
  • The Oceanfront habitat preserve (69 acres)
  • Agua Amarga Canyon (39 acres)
  • Portions of the Crestridge parcel (13 acres)
  • PVPLC owned Lunada Canyon (20 acres)

In accordance with the City’s NCCP, the PUMP must be prepared and submitted to the resource agencies within 2 years of the NCCP Implementing Agreement being signed by all parties. Preparation of the PUMP will be a major undertaking and the financial assistance provided by the Annenberg grant will be invaluable for completing the PUMP within the required time line.

PUMP Steering Committee

To assist with development of the PUMP, a PUMP steering committee was appointed by the City Council on June 6, 2006. The PUMP Committee consists of the following 16 community members who bring various points of view to the committee.

Donald Bell
Arlene Block
Barry Bonnickson
Troy Braswell
Eva Cicoria
Al Edgerton
Marc Jacobowitz
Cassie Jones
Gordon Leon
Vic Quirarte
Ann Shaw
John Stevens
Paul Tetreault
John Wessel
Bill James
Kurt Loheit – Ex Officio Advisory Member

PUMP Preparation Process

Melendrez, a landscape architecture and urban planning firm with which the Annenberg Foundation has worked to implement many of its grants and projects, will be taking the lead with respect to integrating the existing planning documents, soliciting public input and working with the City/PVPLC staff to create the RPV Vision Plan. Melendrez will lead the planning process, with coordination and input provided by PVPLC and City staff and oversight provided by the City Council open space acquisition ad hoc subcommittee of Councilmen Clark and Stern. Click here to view a flow chart of the overall preparation process. Essentially, the planning process will involve the following steps:

Gathering Data Phase by Melendrez March 2006 to June 2006
Vision Plan Public Workshop No. 1 June 3, 2006
Creation of Vision Plan Alternatives June 2006 to Oct. 2006
Vision Plan Public Workshop No. 2 Oct. 21, 2006
Preparation of PUMP by PUMP Committee June 2006 to Sept. 2007
Final Alternative Refinement Nov. 2006 to Sept. 2007
Merged Vision Plan/PUMP Public Workshop No. 3 Sept. 2007
Final Plan Creation Oct. 2007 to Dec. 2007
City Council Review/Adoption of Vision Plan/PUMP Jan. 2008

Current Status of Public Use Master Plan (PUMP)

The PUMP Committee has been meeting on a regular basis since its first meeting on July 12, 2006 to discuss public issues related to the Preserve, such as trail routes, trail uses, and trail amenities (trailheads, vista points, etc.). In order to facilitate the Committee’s discussion on the overall Preserve, sub-areas were identified by the Committee, referred to as “Reserves.” Click here to view a map of the “reserve” properties.

The Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve is comprised of the following ten (10) “reserves:”

  • Vista del Norte Reserve
  • Agua Amarga Reserve
  • Vicente Bluffs Reserve
  • Alta Vicente Reserve
  • Abalone Cove Reserve
  • Three Sisters Reserve
  • Portuguese Bend Reserve (formerly known as Canyons)
  • Forrestal Reserve
  • San Ramon Reserve
  • Ocean Trails Reserve

The City Council has completed its review of the Committee’s recommended Preserve Trails Plan, the Committee will begin to review activities permitted within the Preserve

The PUMP Committee meetings are open to the public. The Committee generally meets once a month on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. The meetings are typically held in the Community Room at RPV City Hall (30940 Hawthorne Blvd.), unless otherwise noted. Click here to access the PUMP Committee tentative meeting calendar. If you would like to send any comments or correspondence to the PUMP committee, please send such information to planning@rpv.com. Staff will provide all such comments and correspondence to the PUMP committee at their monthly meetings.

DECEMBER 20, 2005 CITY COUNCIL MEETING   

On December 20, 2005, the City Council authorized the PVPLC to begin managing the Preserve in accordance with the NCCP. In addition, the City has begun preparation of the Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) for the preserve. Although the preserve is accessible to the public now, the PUMP will function as the management plan for balancing the habitat value of the preserve with the public accessibility and passive recreational needs of the City’s residents.
The creation of the City’s NCCP preserve relies on the dedication of existing public lands and the acquisition of private lands. To that end, the City and PVPLC have been successful in acquiring considerable acreages of privately held open space to create the preserve. On December 22, 2005, the City obtained title to 458 acres of additional lands for dedication into the preserve (the “Portuguese Bend” and “Agua Amarga Canyon” properties). With this acquisition, 1,138.33 acres of the 1,428.27 acres (80%) that are intended to become the NCCP preserve are now owned by the City (1,118 acres) or PVPLC (20 acres). At this time, the City and PVPLC are working toward acquiring the 218-acre Upper Filiorum property.

AUGUST 31, 2004 CITY COUNCIL MEETING (APPROVAL OF NCCP, ETC.)

All three documents were presented to the City Council for review and approval on August 31, 2004. At that time, after hearing public testimony, the City Council 1) certified the Final EIR; 2) Approved the Subarea Plan and 3) Conceptually approved the Implementing Agreement, minus the management agreement between the City and the PVPLC. The documents have been formally transmitted to the State and federal Resource Agencies for their review and approval. At this time, the City anticipates that the Resource Agencies will complete their review and approve the documents by the end of 2006. Once the documents are approved and the Implementing Agreement signed by the City and Resource Agencies, the City’s NCCP will go into effect, the City will be legally responsible for managing the preserve (with the PVPLC) and the City will have the authority to issue “take” permits for projects that are consistent with the NCCP.

THE DRAFT NCCP SUBAREA PLAN

The Draft NCCP Subarea Plan was completed and made available to the public in June 2003. After completion of the Draft Subarea Plan, a Draft EIR was prepared to assess the environmental impacts of implementing the Subarea Plan. The DEIR was publicly circulated for 60 days between February 20, 2004 and April 20, 2004. In addition, the Draft EIR was presented to the City Council on March 16, 2004. Based on the comments received during the DEIR public comment period, the Final EIR was completed. The Final EIR contains responses to the 576 comments received from the public on the Draft EIR as well the modifications made to the actual EIR text as a result of the comments.

Click here to view the NCCP Preserve Design Map

Click here to view the NCCP Subarea Plan

Click here to view the Draft Environmental Impact Report (NCCP Draft DEIR)

Click here to view the NCCP Responses to Draft DEIR Comments

Click here to view the NCCP Final EIR


In addition to the EIR, the NCCP Subarea Plan was completed. The Subarea Plan explains the proposed NCCP Reserve, how the Reserve will be assembled, how the Reserve will be managed and how much implementation of the Plan is going to cost, was finalized. Furthermore, a draft Implementing Agreement was completed. The Implementing Agreement (IA) is the legal document that sets forth the responsibilities of all the parties involved with the City’s NCCP: the City, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Also, included as an appendix to the IA, is a draft agreement between the City and PVPLC, which clearly spells out the responsibilities of both parties in managing the proposed NCCP Reserve.

Click here to view the NCCP Implementing Agreement

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The State’s Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) Act of 1991 provides for the preparation and implementation of large-scale natural conservation plans. The purpose of these plans is to identify and provide for the area-wide protection of natural wildlife diversity, while allowing for compatible and appropriate development and growth. Because of the relatively high concentration of federally protected coastal sage scrub habitat in the City, and the growing intensity of development pressures on these areas, in 1996, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) entered into a Planning Agreement with the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop an NCCP subarea plan that will encompass the entire City of RPV.

Since RPV was the only Peninsula City to enter into such an agreement, the Palos Verdes Peninsula (PVP) Subarea NCCP only involves land located within the City of RPV. The PVP subarea, although relatively small in area as compared to other NCCP subareas in Southern California, is unique in that it contains healthy concentrations of coastal sage scrub habitat (approximately 1,000 acres) and a number of coastal sage scrub species which are not found in other Southern California coastal sage scrub communities.

From 1996 through 1999, the City hosted monthly meetings of an NCCP planning group, made up of major landowner, local government, state and federal agency, and environmental organization representatives, to help guide the subarea NCCP. With guidance and input from the Working Group, the City completed Phase I of the Palos Verdes Peninsula NCCP in 1999. The primary focus of the Phase I effort was to map existing vegetation communities, along with sensitive species distributions and their potential habitat. The City then began Phase II of the NCCP, which involved using the Phase I information to develop preliminary alternative preserve designs.

Three preserve design alternatives were presented to the City Council on December 5, 2000 and March 6, 2001. At that time, the Council authorized Staff to proceed with a biological and economic analysis of the three draft alternatives in order to identify the City’s preferred alternative preserve design. However, as a result of the City’s efforts to purchase almost 800 acres of privately held open space in the Portuguese Bend portion of the City, the City’s preferred preserve alternative (Alternative C) was amended to reflect the proposed land open space acquisition deal, as well as the City Council decision to not include the City’s Upper Pt. Vicente property as part of the Long Point Resort project. The revised Alternative C map was presented to the City Council on June 12, 2002, at which time the City Council directed Staff to proceed with completion of the draft NCCP Plan with the new Alternative C as the basis for the plan.

The City’s project planner overseeing the City’s Palos Verdes Nature Preserve is Ara Mihranian, Deputy Community Development Director. He may be contacted at (310) 544-5228 or via email at aram@rpv.com.  For further information you can also contact Andrea Vona with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at 310-541-7613 or via email at avona@pvplc.org

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Planning documents associated with this project are listed below and may be accessed by clicking on each document.

2007-2008 Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Annual Report – Palos Verdes Nature Preserve

Preserve Habitat Management Plan for the Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve (April 2007)
   

Natural Vegetation and Sensitive Species for NCCP Properties -PDF's

Abalone Cove Lower Point Vicente
Agua Amarga Lunada Canyon Oceanfront Estates
Barkentine Ocean Trails Trump
Coastal RDA Portuguese Bend
Crestridge ShorelinePark
Del Cerro Buffer Switchbacks
Fishing Access Upper Filiorum
Forrestal Upper Point Vicente
Lower Filiorum

Click here to view the PVPLC website

 


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