Aboutpv – Native Plants on the Peninsula
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has been taking care of maintaining the native plants on the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s open parkland areas since their inception. Every month volunteers work in the native plant nursery starting plants an maintaining the different species so as to relocate them into the open park areas under their management.
In the fall/winter 2017 Open Spaces flyer sent out by the Land Conservancy, they discussed what is happening to the native plants now that we have had such heavy rains. The interns that were monitoring vegetation this spring noticed that there was an expansion of rare plant species such as woolly seablight (Suaeda taxifolia) after years of stagnant growth.The rain was great for native flora and fauna, but caused an explosion of invasive weeds. Since the warm summer months transitioned to fall, some of the native plants are showing off their autumn blooms. These plants are now drying and causing a fire hazard and have no substance for birds and insects. Luckily in helping to clear the land of weeds and dried vegetation, goats were brought in to help clear off the invasive weeds and restore the native plants in the area.
The conservancy has begun planting over 10,000 native plants in a five acre area of Alta Vicente Reserve. This is a sanctuary for coastal sage scrub and cactus scrub habitat. These native plants will change colors with the seasons, and provide habitat for our native animals.
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is always looking for volunteers to help maintain these native plant areas. If you are interested in volunteering you can contact them at pvplc.org.
Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.
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