Nature preserve http://dudubluelagoon.com/ Fri, 20 May 2022 23:54:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dudubluelagoon.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-11-120x120.png Nature preserve http://dudubluelagoon.com/ 32 32 Family donates 155 acres to create West Michigan public nature preserve https://dudubluelagoon.com/family-donates-155-acres-to-create-west-michigan-public-nature-preserve/ Fri, 20 May 2022 18:47:26 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/family-donates-155-acres-to-create-west-michigan-public-nature-preserve/ An unnamed family has donated 155 acres of natural land in Newaygo County to be turned into a public nature preserve along the banks of the Little South Branch of the Pere Marquette River. The Land Conservancy of West Michigan announced the news in a press release Thursday, explaining in the coming months that the […]]]>

An unnamed family has donated 155 acres of natural land in Newaygo County to be turned into a public nature preserve along the banks of the Little South Branch of the Pere Marquette River.

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan announced the news in a press release Thursday, explaining in the coming months that the nature preserve will open up to public exploration of the trails. The reserve will also have parking and “orientation signage” on the trails.

“We are so grateful to the family for choosing to donate their property so that we can all enjoy its resplendent beauty,” Land Conservancy Executive Director Kim Karn said in the statement. “They have created a deep legacy with their support for conservation.”

The property is located along the banks of the Petit Bras Sud of the Rivière du Père Marquette


Photo provided/Land Conservancy of West Michigan

The property is located along the banks of the Petit Bras Sud of the Rivière du Père Marquette

The property is located along the banks of the Petit Bras Sud of the Rivière du Père Marquette


Photo provided/Land Conservancy of West Michigan

It has been named Upriver Nature Preserve.

Along the banks of the Little South Branch of the Pere Marquette River, the property will be the Land Conservancy’s second nature preserve in Newaygo County and its first on the banks of a tributary of the Pere Marquette River, according to the release.

It has been named Upriver Nature Preserve.

The land donation includes an 8-acre parcel with a house and garage that the Land Conservancy plans to protect with a conservation easement and sell to ensure the continued maintenance of the Upriver Nature Preserve.

The reserve includes 5,321 feet of the Little South Branch of the Pere Marquette River. It will be the first Land Conservancy property to offer public access to Michigan’s only undammed river, renowned for its water quality and trout fishing opportunities, according to the release.

The property also includes a rare sand meadow. Through restoration efforts, the land could provide much-needed habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly and several native species of plants, insects and birds that depend on endangered ecosystems like sand grasslands. , according to the press release.

“We are excited to add a new publicly accessible reserve following protected lands in the Great Forests and Wild Rivers Focal Region identified in our Strategic Conservation Plan,” said Conservation Director Justin Heslinga, in the press release. “Under our stewardship, the landscape will continue to support a diverse community of life, including bobcats and foxes.”

Volunteers who want to help prepare the property for public enjoyment can preview in July, according to the Land Conservancy.

Volunteers who want to help prepare the property for public enjoyment can preview in July, according to the Land Conservancy.

Photo provided/Land Conservancy of West Michigan

The Land Conservancy will open the reserve to the public later this year, and details will be posted on the Land Conservancy’s website. Volunteers who wish to help prepare the property for public enjoyment can preview in July, according to the release.

The Land Conservancy is hosting a trail building work day at the new reserve on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Event details are available at naturenearby.org/events.

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Unity’s former Catholic academy could be reborn as a nature reserve https://dudubluelagoon.com/unitys-former-catholic-academy-could-be-reborn-as-a-nature-reserve/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/unitys-former-catholic-academy-could-be-reborn-as-a-nature-reserve/ It’s been 50 years since Susan Scherff stood in the grove outside St. Xavier’s Academy, huddled with the rest of the evacuated students as they watched the black smoke billow from the burning convent and chapel attached to the Catholic school of Unity. “Then it started to rain,” she recalls. “It was mid-March, so it […]]]>

It’s been 50 years since Susan Scherff stood in the grove outside St. Xavier’s Academy, huddled with the rest of the evacuated students as they watched the black smoke billow from the burning convent and chapel attached to the Catholic school of Unity.

“Then it started to rain,” she recalls. “It was mid-March, so it was cold and we had no coats.”

Eventually, the students took refuge in Bellbrook, a large red-brick building nearby that served as a retreat for the Sisters of Mercy, who had run the academy since the 1840s.

Hempfield’s Scherff was a sophomore at St. Xavier at the time, part of a class of just seven students.

“I only stayed there for two years,” Scherff said, but she was among the students who boarded in the large academy building, sharing a third-floor room with another student during the week and returning home. them on weekends.

Although the flames did not reach Scherff’s dormitory, she said, “Everything reeked of smoke and needed to be cleaned up.”

Bellbrook is the only building remaining on the property off Route 30 – across from the Wimmerton housing estate – since the academy and convent were demolished after a fire on March 16, 1972 damaged them.

A blue state historical marker on Route 30 and St. Xavier’s Road informs passers-by that the academy was the oldest institution of the Sisters of Mercy, a religious group of women who came to America from Ireland in 1843 in the purpose of serving the sick and needy. The group, whose members served as nurses and teachers, also founded the Pittsburgh-area institutions that would become UPMC Mercy Hospital and the University of Carlow.

St. Xavier got its start as Mt. St. Vincent’s Young Ladies Academy on the neighboring site of what is now Saint Vincent’s College. It opened in 1845 in a 12-room, two-story brick house provided by the Reverend Michael Gallagher and graduated from its first class of 16 students in August 1846.

The grounds for the academy began with 108 acres of farmland donated by early Catholic settler Henry Kuhn. It has grown over the years with additional properties obtained from the Boyd, Geiger-McCaffrey and Miller-Steele farms.

The first version of the main academy building, a three-story brick structure, housed students in 1847 but was gutted by flames in 1868. A new schoolhouse took its place two years later and was extended over the following decades. In 1928 it was joined by a hall for boys’ boarders in grades 1-8.

After the 1972 fire, St. Xavier’s students ended the school year farther west along Route 30 – at St. Joseph’s Hall, now known as Christ Our Shepherd Center. Retired nuns who had lived in the convent were welcomed into the Sisters of Mercy motherhouse in Pittsburgh or transferred to another convent. Those who were infirm were taken in temporarily by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg.

Scherff completed high school in the Hempfield area school district.

Even before the fire, Scherff did not expect to graduate from St. Xavier due to declining enrollment. “The school was going through a transition at that time,” she said. “They had planned to close the high school portion for students in grades 9-12.” A hallway served as a dividing line between designated separate areas for secondary and primary students, she said.

The academy’s outdoor gathering space, known as the “grove”, was popular with St. Xavier’s students.

“There were walkways and statues,” Scherff recalls. “The class planted a tree every year. After class, we would go for a walk. It was a beautiful campus.

At least one statue remains. Solitary figure of Mary, it is perhaps the one who figured in the May coronation ceremonies that Scherff remembers. “Everyone dressed up in dresses and voted for the May Queen, who would place the flower crown on Mary,” she said.

Another springtime tradition in St. Xavier was a balloon mass. Scherff said the students would go to the grove to release helium-filled balloons carrying messages.

The multi-section academy building faced Route 30 at the end of a driveway and featured a large wraparound porch, Scherff said.

“I’m sorry there aren’t any more,” said Rosanne Henigin of Blairsville. She attended St. Xavier throughout her high school years, boarding on the dorm floor and graduating in 1971 in a class of 19.

“Some of the things in there were beautiful,” said Henigin, of selected students who attended St. Xavier on a scholarship, based on a qualifying exam. “They had a large library and music rooms with grand pianos.”

“What I learned there was really top-notch,” said Henigin, whose favorite classes included French. “I tested at least a year of French at university.”

In addition to the grove, the grounds included an isolated grotto with another image of Mary. Some classmates went there to surreptitiously smoke cigarettes, but Henigin said, “I was afraid to try.”

Much of St. Xavier’s property is posted to keep out trespassers, and its fields have been farmed for some years by the local Firestone family who sell seasonal produce along Highway 30 just to the east from St. Xavier’s Road.

But, if all goes as planned, the public will eventually be invited to experience the terrain once trodden by students and nuns.

The Westmoreland Land Trust has reached an agreement to acquire approximately 250 acres of property from the Sisters of Mercy, aided by a $1.1 million grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“Our plan is to keep it as a sanctuary and preserve it with public access for nature’s enjoyment,” said Betsy Aiken, executive director of the Land Trust. “We are working through all due diligence required to complete the acquisition.

“We plan to build trails, walkways and interpretive material in the old campus. There are farm roads in other parts of the property which will be retained as walking paths.

Aiken said the Land Trust hopes to plant vegetation to reinforce protective borders along a 6,000ft section of Monastery Run that crosses the property.

A new use for Bellbrook has yet to be determined. But, Aiken said, “our hope is to continue farming the farm area along Highway 30.”

The Sisters of Mercy will retain ownership of the adjacent cemetery, where many of their members rest. They include six of the original seven women from Carlow, Ireland, who founded the order in America in the mid-19th century, and some who served as nurses during the Civil War.

“We’re still like family, like brotherhood,” said Scherff, who helps administer a Facebook group for St. Xavier alumni. Former St. Xavier students gather regularly for reunions. The next one is scheduled for April 30 at Ferrante’s Lakeview Restaurant and Banquet Hall in Hempfield.

“It doesn’t matter what year you were there. You have that kinship,” Scherff said.

Jeff Himler is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, jhimler@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Celebrate Earth Day in Palos Verdes: White Point Nature Preserve https://dudubluelagoon.com/celebrate-earth-day-in-palos-verdes-white-point-nature-preserve/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 00:47:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/celebrate-earth-day-in-palos-verdes-white-point-nature-preserve/ PALOS VERDES, CA – You can celebrate Earth Day this weekend in Palos Verdes with an Earth Day celebration at White Point Nature Preserve, a film festival and more. Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 to remind us to take action to protect our planet. It’s part of a movement that began in […]]]>

PALOS VERDES, CA – You can celebrate Earth Day this weekend in Palos Verdes with an Earth Day celebration at White Point Nature Preserve, a film festival and more.

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 to remind us to take action to protect our planet. It’s part of a movement that began in 1972 to help clean up, improve and restore our factory for wildlife and people.

“Now is the time to change everything – the business climate, the political climate and the way we act against the climate”, according to earthday.org. “Now is the time for unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families and our livelihoods.”

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Here are several Earth Day events in the region:

SANTA MONICA

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Pacific Wheel Earth Day Light Show 2022: Santa Monica Pier: Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel is going “green” with a variety of green and blue colors, patterns and icons, plus a spinning Earth Day globe from around 7:31 p.m. Friday at 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica.

Tree Hug Ceremony: A tree hugging ceremony is scheduled at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Santa Monica at 6 p.m. Friday.

2nd Annual Love Unity Earth Day Beach Festival: Celebrate Earth Day at the 2nd Annual Love Unity Earth Day Beach Festival from 11:11 a.m. to 11:11 p.m. on the beach south of the pier near 1670 Appian Way, Santa Monica. Volunteer for a beach cleanup with EcoJoe’s Trash Pick Up and multiple stages including music, art, wellness workshops, eco and community resources. Register to join.

Love of dancing and ice cream treats come to the sweetest Earth Day party: Recruiting for Good sponsors Love to Party for Good, come celebrate Earth Day Friday at 2 p.m. at Sweet Rose Creamery, 225 26th St, Santa Monica. Show off a dance move and enjoy a sweet gift card for Sweet Rose Creamery.

THE CITY OF CULVER

Seed the city at Helms Bakery: Seeding The City, sponsored by KCRW, is celebrating the 21st Century Garden in Los Angeles from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy a free, day-long program of talks, tours, and popups, featuring some of LA’s leading landscape designers and thinkers. The event will celebrate talented and creative designers who are finding ways to green the city beyond traditional means; injecting trees onto rooftops, flowers under transit lines and plants into disused concrete ponds. Through talks, tours, pop-ups and hands-on activities, it’s a day for Angelenos to reunite with the wild side.

VENICE

Cleaning of the beach and the promenade: Celebrate Earth Day with the Ecological Servants Project during a community beach and boardwalk cleanup from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday. Meet at the Venice Beach Lifeguard Operations Canopy, 2300 Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles. Everyone is invited to volunteer. Register to join.

HERMOSA BEACH

Beach cleaning: Join a beach cleanup with the Beach Bound team and others from the Hermosa Beach and South Bay communities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Hermosa Beach Pier, 1 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach. Meet south of Hermosa Beach Pier at the large blue Beach Bound tent. Register to join.

MANHATTAN BEACH

Beach cleaning and paddle outing: Join the Earth Day Beach Cleanup & Paddle hosted by Sophie & Ryan of Waves of Recovery with Athleta from 10am-1pm at Rosecrans Lifeguard Tower, Manhattan Beach between Rosecrans Lifeguard Tower and Tower 34. from the beach starts at 10 am and the paddle starts at 11 am. Register to participate.

2022 Keep It Green, Keep It Clean Earth Day Celebration: The Roundhouse Aquarium, operated by Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc., will host its 2022 Keep it Green, Keep it Clean Earth Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Roundhouse Aquarium, Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach. Online pre-registration $10/participant; On-site registration day $15/participant. Register to join.

REDONDO BEACH

3rd Annual South Bay Parkland Conservancy Earth Day Celebration: Join the South Bay Parkland Conservancy’s 3rd Annual Earth Day Celebration. This year’s celebration honors Hopkins Wilderness Park’s 45th anniversary and its historic significance, as well as many friends, students and members who have worked so hard to make a difference in their park and community. It starts at 8 a.m. Sunday at Hopkins Wilderness Park, 1102 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. Register to join.

GREEN PALOS

Earth Day Celebration at White Point Nature Preserve: Celebrate Earth Day at 9 a.m. Saturday by volunteering outdoors to help care for a native plant demonstration garden and habitat for local wildlife at White Point Nature Preserve, 1600 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro.

Earth Day Celebration and Film Presentation: Join the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, featuring the film ‘My Garden of a Thousand Bees’, at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Warner Grand Theater, S Pacific Ave, Los Angeles. Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.

Visit earthday.org to find upcoming events near you.

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Muskegon Nature Preserve to Hold Reopening Celebration | Parks and recreation https://dudubluelagoon.com/muskegon-nature-preserve-to-hold-reopening-celebration-parks-and-recreation/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 18:07:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/muskegon-nature-preserve-to-hold-reopening-celebration-parks-and-recreation/ Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve will celebrate its grand reopening on Friday, April 29 from 4:30 p.m. The reserve is located at 2429 Lake Avenue in North Muskegon. × This page requires JavaScript. Javascript is required for you to play premium content. Please enable it in your browser settings. kAm%96 C6@A6?:?8 :D:? 46=63C2E:@? @7 E96 DF446DD7F= […]]]>

Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve will celebrate its grand reopening on Friday, April 29 from 4:30 p.m.

The reserve is located at 2429 Lake Avenue in North Muskegon.

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Taylor Hollow, a Tennessee nature preserve, will soon be in full bloom https://dudubluelagoon.com/taylor-hollow-a-tennessee-nature-preserve-will-soon-be-in-full-bloom/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 16:56:53 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/taylor-hollow-a-tennessee-nature-preserve-will-soon-be-in-full-bloom/ Posted in Tennessee Nature April 15, 2022 by Meghan Kraft Tennessee is known for its impressive system of state parks, but there are a few private areas that seek to conserve nature in its purest sense. The Global Nature Conservancy purchased a piece of land at the northeast end of […]]]>



Tennessee is known for its impressive system of state parks, but there are a few private areas that seek to conserve nature in its purest sense. The Global Nature Conservancy purchased a piece of land at the northeast end of the Highland Rim and named it Taylor Hollow State Natural Area. As one of the first nature preserves purchased in Tennessee, the Westmoreland Natural Area has become one of the most beautiful untouched areas in the state.

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You can read more about the extraordinary Taylor Hollow and its blooming wildflowers on the official Nature Conservancy website.

Address: Taylor Hollow, Tennessee 37186, USA

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Stolen antique wooden counter at the WJR Rittman Nature Preserve https://dudubluelagoon.com/stolen-antique-wooden-counter-at-the-wjr-rittman-nature-preserve/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/stolen-antique-wooden-counter-at-the-wjr-rittman-nature-preserve/ RITTMAN, Ohio – An antique countertop weighing more than 600 pounds has been stolen from the newly opened WJR Rittman Nature Preserve in Rittman. The nature reserve, with the help of a generous donation, purchased a historic 1853 Ohio general store counter for $2,000 to use for the reserve’s new environmental education center as a […]]]>

RITTMAN, Ohio – An antique countertop weighing more than 600 pounds has been stolen from the newly opened WJR Rittman Nature Preserve in Rittman.

The nature reserve, with the help of a generous donation, purchased a historic 1853 Ohio general store counter for $2,000 to use for the reserve’s new environmental education center as a laboratory work area. for students.

“It’s beautiful. I mean, it’s heavy wood. It’s an old antique piece and tab and nice detailed work. So it was going to be really cool,” said Rittman Mayor Bill Robertson.

Robertson and environmental education adviser Jim Trogdon were at the reservation on Monday when they noticed the antique counter was missing. The counter was last seen in the reserve on March 25. Robertson said he disappeared between March 25 and April 10.

Courtesy of WJR Rittman Nature Preserve.

A missing antique wooden counter in the WJR Rittman Nature Preserve.

The counter measures approximately 15 feet long by 4 feet wide and weighs over 600 pounds. The reserve had to use a 16-foot trailer and the help of six men to move it to the center.

Robertson said it would be no small feat to steal the counter.

“It’s not something you’re going to put, I don’t think, in your playroom at 14.5 feet long. You’re not going to drag him down your basement stairs. Wouldn’t go very well in the living room. I don’t know what anyone would do with it other than what we were doing,” he said.

Robertson said a group of people banded together to offer a $1,000 reward for locating and returning the ancient treasure to the reserve.

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Palos Verdes Nature Reserve expansion would protect endangered butterfly – Daily Breeze https://dudubluelagoon.com/palos-verdes-nature-reserve-expansion-would-protect-endangered-butterfly-daily-breeze/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 19:12:13 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/palos-verdes-nature-reserve-expansion-would-protect-endangered-butterfly-daily-breeze/ The 1,400-acre Palos Verdes Nature Reserve is one step closer to creating more open space on the peninsula and giving the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly the opportunity to move. At its meeting on Tuesday, April 5, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council approved an agreement with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to co-purchase […]]]>

The 1,400-acre Palos Verdes Nature Reserve is one step closer to creating more open space on the peninsula and giving the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly the opportunity to move.

At its meeting on Tuesday, April 5, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council approved an agreement with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to co-purchase 100 acres to expand the preserve to 1,500 acres.

The city and reserve will each contribute $1.3 million toward the purchase price of the land, City Manager Ara Mihranian said, with the remaining amount paid through committed grant funds issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. , the Wildlife Conservation Board and LA County Recreation. and Department of Parks.

The total price for the 100 acres will be determined later this week, according to RPV spokeswoman Megan Barnes.

The city, owner of the Reserve, and the PVPLC, which co-manages it, have been collaborating for more than three decades. They maintain the land, restore habitats, and create a wildlife corridor for rare species such as the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly, Cactus Wren, and California Gnatcatcher.

The new open space will be dedicated to wildlife conservation, with limited public access, Mihranian said at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Essentially, we are going to protect the site for protected species,” Mihranian added.

PVPLC board member David Snow told the meeting that acquiring the land as a permanent open natural space will connect various parts of the nature reserve and establish an important wildlife corridor.

“If kept as open space, the landforms will remain as is and will not be reconfigured as part of a future development project,” Snow said.

In a phone interview last week, Jim York, who is selling the land to the city and PVPLC, said he originally purchased land on the peninsula in 1994.

In 2009, York transferred 200 acres to PVPLC primarily through a land sale.

York said his company York Point View Properties, LLC. Still owns more than 100 acres of land and operates Catalina View Wines, which last year was designated a U.S. Wine Zone, only third in Los Angeles County.

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Expansion of Palos Verdes Nature Reserve would protect endangered butterfly – Press Telegram https://dudubluelagoon.com/expansion-of-palos-verdes-nature-reserve-would-protect-endangered-butterfly-press-telegram/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/expansion-of-palos-verdes-nature-reserve-would-protect-endangered-butterfly-press-telegram/ The 1,400-acre Palos Verdes Nature Reserve is one step closer to creating more open space on the peninsula and giving the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly the opportunity to to go for a walk. At its meeting on Tuesday, April 5, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council approved an agreement with the Palos Verdes Peninsula […]]]>

The 1,400-acre Palos Verdes Nature Reserve is one step closer to creating more open space on the peninsula and giving the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly the opportunity to to go for a walk.

At its meeting on Tuesday, April 5, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council approved an agreement with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to co-purchase 100 acres to expand the preserve to 1,500 acres.

The city and reserve will each contribute $1.3 million toward the purchase price of the land, City Manager Ara Mihranian said, with the remaining amount paid through committed grant funds issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. , the Wildlife Conservation Board and LA County Recreation. and Department of Parks.

The total price for the 100 acres will be determined later this week, according to RPV spokeswoman Megan Barnes.

The city, owner of the Reserve, and the PVPLC, which co-manages it, have been collaborating for more than three decades. They maintain the land, restore habitats, and create a wildlife corridor for rare species such as the Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly, Cactus Wren, and California Gnatcatcher.

The new open space will be dedicated to wildlife conservation, with limited public access, Mihranian said at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Essentially, we are going to protect the site for protected species,” Mihranian added.

PVPLC board member David Snow told the meeting that acquiring the land as a permanent open natural space will connect various parts of the nature reserve and establish an important wildlife corridor.

“If kept as open space, the landforms will remain as is and will not be reconfigured as part of a future development project,” Snow said.

In a phone interview last week, Jim York, who is selling the land to the city and PVPLC, said he originally purchased land on the peninsula in 1994.

In 2009, York transferred 200 acres to PVPLC primarily through a land sale.

York said his company York Point View Properties, LLC. Still owns more than 100 acres of land and operates Catalina View Wines, which last year was designated a U.S. Wine Zone, only third in Los Angeles County.

Board members said the open space is what makes Rancho Palos Verdes special.

“It’s wonderful to be in a community where people appreciate open space and they appreciate flora and fauna and want to see what we can do to increase endangered animals and plants,” said board member Barbara Ferraro.

“It’s the kind of community we’re fighting for, where nature and people can co-exist,” added council member John Cruikshank.

Mayor David Bradley said, “Anytime we can put land into conservation and help preserve the vibe of our town, that’s a good thing.”

The next step in the acquisition of the land will be the approval of the purchase and sale agreement which is due to take place at a special meeting on April 13.

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Spring Hike (“Mud Walk”) at Pawling Nature Reserve https://dudubluelagoon.com/spring-hike-mud-walk-at-pawling-nature-reserve/ Thu, 31 Mar 2022 16:13:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/spring-hike-mud-walk-at-pawling-nature-reserve/ Meet at the Sprague Road entrance to Pawling Nature Preserve before the hike begins at 9:00 AM. The hike will last 3 to 4 hours. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes/boots as the trails could be muddy from the spring thaw. Bring your own drinks and snacks. No dogs allowed. Practice good […]]]>

Meet at the Sprague Road entrance to Pawling Nature Preserve before the hike begins at 9:00 AM. The hike will last 3 to 4 hours. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes/boots as the trails could be muddy from the spring thaw. Bring your own drinks and snacks. No dogs allowed. Practice good prevention against tick bites (repellents, light-coloured clothing, long sleeves, trouser legs tucked into socks). Sunday April 10, 2022 at 9 a.m. Rain date: April 17 (Easter)

Strong points: Second growth oak forest dominates, accompanied by swamps, red maple groves, fields and hemlock forests. Along the sides of the gorge you will see unusual plants such as walking fern, maidenhair spleenwort and hobblebush. Other rare plant species include devil’s bit, cockle gentian, yellow wild flax, scarlet Indian paintbrush and Bicknell’s sedge. Twelve species of amphibians, including 6 species of salamanders and 5 species of frogs, breed there. At least 77 bird species use the area for nesting or feeding, including Hermit Thrush, Black-throated Warbler, Wren Wren, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher and Acadian Flycatcher

Registration: Please email Ken Luhman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to attend.
Suggested donation: $5/person

Directions: The Orange Trail entrance is at the intersection of Furlong and Sprague Roads in Wingdale.

Website: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/eastern-pawling-nature-reserve/
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Fire brought under control at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg https://dudubluelagoon.com/fire-brought-under-control-at-boyd-hill-nature-preserve-in-st-petersburg/ Thu, 31 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dudubluelagoon.com/fire-brought-under-control-at-boyd-hill-nature-preserve-in-st-petersburg/ Posted March, 31st|Update March, 31st Crews battled a bushfire at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve on Thursday, which they said was contained to an area of ​​about one acre by late afternoon. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue officials said they received a call from nearby McCabe United Methodist Church around noon alerting them to the blaze. Fire […]]]>

Posted March, 31st|Update March, 31st

Crews battled a bushfire at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve on Thursday, which they said was contained to an area of ​​about one acre by late afternoon.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue officials said they received a call from nearby McCabe United Methodist Church around noon alerting them to the blaze.

Fire crews arrived at a 245-acre preserve, whose digital address is 1101 Country Club Way S, and found the area ablaze. Officials said the fire was unplanned and there is no information on how it started. Fires are not permitted on the reserve at this time due to current weather conditions.

St. Petersburg police reported that northbound lanes on 31st Street S were closed around 2 p.m. near 26th Avenue S. Motorists at the time were advised to avoid the area. The road reopened around 4 p.m.

The active calls website for Pinellas 911 showed about 25 units were on the scene at any given time. Teams from Seminole Fire Rescue, St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue and Florida State Forestry assisted.

Dry and windy weather prompted authorities to issue a rare wildfire warning for the region this week. However, rain and thunderstorms are expected to move into Thursday night and last through the weekend.

Related: The front is expected to end dry air and bring a stormy weekend to Tampa Bay

Every day through Sunday has at least a 50% chance of rain, according to Spectrum Bay News 9.

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