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Spotlight on Partners: Palos Verdes Peninsula

Palos Verdes Peninsula becomes California Coastal National Monument's First Southern California Gateway

A dozen community and governmental agencies met in late March at the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’  Point Vicente Park and Interpretative Center to form the Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway of the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM).  The Gateway is a collaborative partnership to assist BLM with the preservation, stewardship, and appreciation of the CCNM, as well as to advance the understanding and protection of California’s coastal and ocean resources. (text continues below)

 A rocky tide pool with a backdrop of a swirling current among more rocks
Palos Verdes Peninsula offers scenic tide pools to explore. (BLM photo by Bob Wick)

Representatives of a dozen community and governmental agencies attend the first meeting of the Palos Verdes Peninsula CCNM Gateway:
Representatives of a dozen community and governmental agencies attend the first meeting of the Palos Verdes Peninsula CCNM Gateway.

At the Gateway meeting, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes presented BLM with a signed Memorandum of Understanding for the city to be a collaborative partner in the development and implementation of the CCNM Gateway for that portion of the Palos Verdes Peninsula that falls within the city’s jurisdiction, including Point Vicente and the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Ecological Preserve.

The Point Vicente Park and Interpretive Center is popular for whale watching from December to May.  Displays in the interpretative center focus on geology, marine life in and beyond the kelp forest, and the human history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

At the Point Vicente Fishing Access, anemone, porcelain crab, and nudibranch habitat make this a popular cove for diving.  Anglers shore fish for bass, surf perch, and rockfish.

On the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the CCNM also includes a line of rocks at Bluff Cove in the City of Palos Verdes Estates that are the surface expression of underwater ridges and reefs.  The cove is a wintering area for shorebirds such as willets, marbled godwits, and plovers.  Farther around the peninsula, Royal Palms State Beach and the City of Los Angeles Point Fermin Park are also key points of interest for the CCNM Palos Verdes Peninsula Gateway.

California Desert District’s CCNM Coordinator Greg Thomsen moderated the Gateway’s first meeting.  "It took nearly four years of hard work by a number of BLMers and community organizers to get to this point," he said.  "The meeting room on a bluff overlooking the shore was a fantastic setting, but it did present a unique challenge for keeping the attention of roomful of marine-life experts."

Midway through the meeting all eyes turned to the sea when a pair of Pacific gray whales performed a mating ritual in full view of everyone.

Ara Mihranian, City of Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) principal planner, presents signed MOU to Greg Thomsen, California Desert District CCNM coordinator.  John Kalish, Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office manager is to Thomsen’s left.  Rick Hanks, CCNM manager, and Holly Starr,  RPV recreation services manager, are to Mihranian’s right.
Ara Mihranian, City of Rancho Palos Verdes (RPV) principal planner, presents signed MOU to Greg Thomsen, California Desert District CCNM coordinator as others look on

This scenic rock structure is a visual treat for anglers at Fishermen's Access, Palos Verdes. (BLM photo by Tracy Albrecht)
This scenic rock structure is a visual treat for anglers at Fishermen's Access, Palos Verdes. BLM photo by Tracy Albrecht

- Dave Briery, BLM, 3/09


BLM-California News.bytes, issue 377


 
Last updated: 04-07-2009