Nature Preserve NCCP & PUMP Homepage

View of hills, shoreline, and water
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy map
White and gray bird sitting on vegetation
Hillside with trails and rock formations

2018 Final Draft Natural Communities Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP) Documents 30-Day Public Review Period

Info on the NCCP/HCP 30-Day Re-Circulation for Public Comment

2018 Final Draft NCCP/HCP documents (click here)

 2017 Palos Verdes Nature Preserve Annual Report (use link below)

2017 Nature Preserve Annual Report

Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) Workshop/City Council Meeting

The City Council will be discussing and reviewing the draft Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP) at a public meeting on Monday, October 2 at 6pm.  The meeting, which is devoted solely to this topic, will be held at Hesse Park, located at 29301 Hawthorne Blvd. in Rancho Palos Verdes.  For more information please contact or call 310-544-5260.   

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, Community Development Director. He may be contacted at (310) 544-5228 or via email at For further information you can also contact Andrea Vona with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at 310-541-7613 or via email.

f you would like to be placed on an "interested parties" list to receive public notices and electronic updates related to the City’s Palos Verdes Nature Preserve via email, you may subscribe by joining the list server group here.

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


View the City's Palos Verdes Nature Preserve Homepage
View the PVPLC website.

Natural Vegetation and Sensitive Species for NCCP

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.

You can view a map of the preserve properties (PDF). 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. View a flow chart (PDF) of the overall preparation process. Essentially, the planning process will involve the following steps:
Planning Phase
Estimated Timeline
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 October 2006
Vision Plan Public Workshop No. 2
October 21, 2006
Preparation of PUMP by PUMP Committee
June 2006 to September 2007
Final Alternative Refinement
November 2006 to September 2007
Merged Vision Plan / PUMP Public Workshop No. 3
September 2007
Final Plan Creation
October 2007 to December 2007
City Council Review / Adoption of Vision Plan / PUMP
January 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.” View a map of the “reserve” properties (PDF).

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. Access the PUMP Committee Tentative Meeting Calendar (PDF). If you would like to send any comments or correspondence to the PUMP committee, please email such information. Staff will provide all such comments and correspondence to the PUMP committee at their monthly meetings.
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February 2, 2016 City Council Meeting - 2014 PVPLC Annual 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 to the City Council on its management activities in the Preserve. Thus, the Council will be asked to receive and file the 2014 PVPLC Annual Report at its upcoming February 2, 2016 meeting.

Click here to view the 2014 PVPLC Annual Report
Click here to view the February 2, 2016 City Council Staff Report on the 2014 PVPLC Annual Report
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Wednesday, December 21, 2015 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, December 21st at 6:00 p.m.
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December 16, 2014 City Council Meeting - Renaming the Burma Road Trail to Hadley Trail
On December 16, 2016, the City Council, as a consent calendar item, will rename the "Burma Road Trail" to "Hadley Trail" to recognize a charitable gift towards the management of the City's Preserve. The PVPLC's request is pursuant to the conditions of Section 2.5 of the Management Agreement between the City and the PVPLC allowing, among other things, trails to be named after individuals who make monetary contributions to the City or the PVPLC for the acquisition or management of the Preserve.

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Portuguese Bend Reserve - SCE Utility Power Pole Replacement Project and Helicopter Flight Activity
On December 10, 2013, between 8 AM and 5 p.m., 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).

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.
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October 2, 2012 City Council Meeting
The City Council will conduct a public meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 7 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;
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.
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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.

2010 & Earlier
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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.

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.

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

To post comments, please visit 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 via email or at 310-541-7613 or to Ara Mihranian with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes via email 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.