August 25th, 2020
Why is it important to support the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy? For me, it’s the essence of what Palos Verdes is. I’ve lived here since 1968. My Dad was transferred here from Kansas City and I had that “Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn” upbringing. Summers were filled with nothing but a bit of homework in the morning (Mom made us) but the rest of the day was ours – small game hunting, fishing, everything you can imagine being around forests (yes there were some around the river and creeks in Kansas) and the small water ways.
We had a blast. Moving to California was, well, it was different. But one thing that made sense to me as a 12 year old and teenager were the hiking trails; miles of them, here in Palos Verdes. Even as an adult, after graduating from UCLA in 1979 and backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail from Lake Isabella to the Oregon Border that summer, coming back to start my real estate business meant me having to find an outlet to get into the outdoors and enjoy hard hikes and easy hikes as the mood fit.
There was a lot of development going on in the 60s and the 70s here on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. There was a time when the beauty of Palos Verdes was in danger of being lost … forever … and thankfully in the late 80s, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy was born. THANK GOD!
“Since it was founded in 1988, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has preserved more than 1,600 acres of open spaces on the Peninsula. The spectacular views and precious habitat not only contribute to the quality of human life on the peninsula, but provide valuable refuges and wildlife corridors for animal and plant inhabitants.
Beaches and bluffs, steep slopes, canyons and ridgelines – this diverse topography leads to the Peninsula’s rich biodiversity. Native coastal sage scrub, grassland, cactus and riparian scrub grow alongside non-native annual grassland, exotic woodlands and large areas of disturbed vegetation.”
I urge you to support the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. They do wonderful work and I’m grateful to them that they work hard to keep these open spaces available for us, our children and our children’s children and beyond. Please consider giving your time and/or money to them. Use this link here As you can see there are different ways by which you can help. A special thank you to Andrea Vona, her predecessors and her successors and their teams for all their work. Andrea, thanks for reaching out to me today! By the way, one of the things I’ve learned from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is what the native plants are for the Palos Verdes area. If you’re thinking of re-landscaping, the list here should provide you a great start!
Meanwhile, here’s a link with a list of pdf files of all the trails and for a quick overview of the acreage managed by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, use this quick and handy pdf file.
I think you will really enjoy watching this video that helps you feel how this all started!
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