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The 160-acre Forrestal Nature Preserve is one of the natural beauties of the Peninsula. It contains one of the City’s best stands of undisturbed Coastal Sage Scrub, which serves as habitat for the federally protected California gnatcatcher and is the host plant for the Palos Verdes blue butterfly, and provides unobstructed panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island from its network of trails. Historically, this property was once mined by the Livingstone Truck and Material Company, which ceased its operations in 1956 and was later slated for a residential development project, consisting of 42 homes, during the 1980’s. However, in order to preserve the site’s natural habitat while providing passive recreational opportunities, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes purchased the Forrestal Property in December of 1996.

After the City purchased the Forrestal property, the City Council formed a Forrestal Sub-committee assigned with the task of preparing a plan to guide the maintenance and management of the property. The Sub-committee, comprised of members from the City’s Recreation and Parks Committee, the City’s Equestrian Committee, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), the Los Serenos de Point Vicente docent members, and City Staff, spent approximately a year preparing a management plan.

On June 5, 2001, the City Council adopted the Forrestal Management Plan and entered into an agreement with the PVPLC for management of the Forrestal Nature Preserve (the PVPLC had played a major role in identifying funding opportunities and in negotiating the acquisition of the Forrestal Property). The agreement signed in June 2001 accepted the PVPLC’s offer to manage the property on the City’s behalf. Under the agreement, the PVPLC uses its expertise and volunteers to undertake the day-to-day management of the Preserve consistent with the shared recreational and conservation goals, while the City oversees the maintenance of the preserve.

The Forrestal Management Plan is intended to guide the management of the preserve toward habitat preservation and recreational goals envisioned when the property was acquired, and to enhance its valuable public asset for habitat and passive recreation purposes. To oversee the plan’s implementation, a Steering Committee was formed in September 2001, comprised of representatives from the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, the PVPLC, and local interest groups (consisting of a local HOA representatives, an equestrian representative, a natural resource/habitat representative, and a trail expert). One of the Committee's tasks was to recommend to the City Council a trail system that will provide public access within the Forrestal Nature Preserve. Based on considerable public input, including the use of a questionnaire to better understand the public's current and desired use of the Forrestal Nature Preserve, the Steering Committee forwarded a recommended Trails Plan to the City Council. The City Council reviewed the recommendations at a public workshop on December 4, 2004. An updated Forrestal Management Plan, with an approved Trails Plan was approved by the City Council in March 2005.

The Forrestal Advisory Board has been working on the implementation of the Forrestal Management Plan since its adoption by the City Council in March of 2005. On July 19, 2005, the City Council approved an amendment to the Trails Network Plan (see the link below) and on December 20, 2005, the City Council approved a 2006 Trails Project List to correct deficiencies to several trail segments based on recommendations by the Advisory Board.

A majority of the trail deficiencies were corrected within the past year (2006) and as a result, the Advisory Board is considering revisions to the Trails Network Plan. Additionally, the Advisory Board has prepared a Trails Project List for 2007. In accordance to the Management Plan, the Advisory Board conducted a public meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2006 to receive public input on the proposed changes to the Trails Network Plan and on the 2007 Trails Project List. The Advisory Board's proposed amendments will be considered by the City Council at its January 30, 2007 meeting. To view the proposed changes to the Trails Network Plan click here and to view the proposed 2007 Trails Project List click here.

In 2008, the City Council approved a Preserve Trails Plan (PTP) for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, of which the Forrestal Reserve (formerly referred to as the Forrestal Nature Preserve) is now one of the eleven Reserve that make up the entire Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.  On October 2, 2012, the City Council adopted amendments and corrections to the PTP, including the Forrestal Reserve. 

The PVPLC works with City staff to implement the property improvements approved by the City Council. The review and discussion of proposed improvements Inquiries pertaining to the Forrestal Nature Preserve can be directed to the City or the PVPLC. Inquiries to the City should be directed to Ara Mihranian at 310-544-5228 or via e-mail at aram@rpv.com. Inquiries to the PVPLC should be directed to Executive Director Andrea Vona at 310-541-7613 or via e-mail at avona@pvplc.org

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Documents associated with the City’s Forrestal Nature Preserve 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
September 16, 2008 Trailhead and Trail Improvement Project for the State Recreational Trails Grant
Forrestal Trails Repair Project / Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study
Forrestal Management Plan Adopted by the City Council on March 15, 2005
Forrestal Nature Preserve Trails Network Plan (CC Approved July 19, 2005)
Forrestal Nature Preserve - Trail User Questionnaire
2007 Forrestal Trail Monitoring Report (prepared by the PVPLC)
Forrestal Trail and Trail Improvement Project – Initial Study / Mitigation Negative Declaration (August 25, 2007)
Forrestal Nature Preserve Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy 2003-2004 Annual Report
November 16, 2006 Revised Trails Network Map -
2007 Trails Project List

2008 Trails Project List







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