"Once-in-a-lifetime" conservation opportunity will benefit communities and support threatened and endangered species; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awards $12.6 million grant
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, Calif., Aug. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC) today announced their partnership in the creation of a 96-acre Los Angeles County wildlife corridor. PVPLC launched a $30 million "Go Wild for the Peninsula" fundraising campaign to provide for the corridor's restoration and to benefit natural lands across the peninsula. The 96-acre coastal wildlife corridor is central to the campaign. It connects coastal lands to the contiguous Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.
"We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to protect and restore undeveloped coastal California land on the Peninsula," said PVPLC Executive Director Adrienne Mohan. "Precious coastal natural lands have all but disappeared beneath bulldozers and concrete, but this campaign, Go Wild for the Peninsula, will benefit our communities, support threatened and endangered species, reduce fire risk, and contribute to California's 30x30 goal of conserving 30% of our lands and coastal waters by 2030."
Establishing the wildlife corridor will require extensive habitat restoration and fire risk mitigation work to help an array of endangered and threatened species, including the Palos Verdes blue butterfly, the El Segundo blue butterfly, the monarch butterfly, the Coastal California gnatcatcher, cactus wren, raptors, owls, gray fox and many other species. Restoration efforts will include the removal of invasive plants and the addition of drought-tolerant native plants.
Toward the $30 million goal, PVPLC has raised $12.6 million from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Section 6 program—last year's largest award nationwide, which demonstrates the land's national importance. California's Wildlife Conservation Board added $4.8 million in matching funds toward the wildlife corridor. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes contributed $1.3 million, and the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District has awarded PVPLC a competitive grant for $1 million from Measure A. To date, $19.7 million in public funds have been raised. The remaining $10.3 million will be raised from private donors and other sources.
California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi said, "I am gratified to see how this project is helping to make the goals of the state's 30x30 initiative a reality. The partnership between nonprofits, local government, and resource agencies are all working together to achieve environmental wins that will benefit everyone."
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will own the parcel, and PVPLC will hold a conservation easement in perpetuity. "For almost thirty-five years, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy have collaborated to acquire and conserve approximately 1,500 acres of land within our city. These beautiful lands can now be protected forever," said Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor David Bradley.
Please join us and "Go Wild for the Peninsula" at GoWildPV.org.
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SOURCE Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy