Activities: hikes & meetings


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Sep/Oct 2018

RPV Ends Night Hiking Permit for PV Nature Preserve

More Hiking Access Limits Coming?

By Kevin Schlunegger and Al Sattler

As of August 22, 2018, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has decided to discontinue the night hiking permit for the Sierra Club to access Portuguese Bend Reserve in the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. The permit allowed us to hike in the reserve after dark once a week  during the early-sunset months. Unfortunately, the city apparently has no way to distinguish organized Sierra Club hikes, with trained leaders, from rowdy nighttime partiers. Continue reading “RPV Ends Night Hiking Permit for PV Nature Preserve”

Slowing the Slide without Destroying the Preserve

By Barbara Sattler and Al Sattler

The Portuguese Bend Landslide Complex is an “ancient” landslide which was reactivated in 1956 during the construction of an extension of Crenshaw Blvd.  Today it is characterized as a “creeping” landslide with continual gradual movement, necessitating regular maintenance adjustments to Palos Verdes Drive South.

The RPV City Council has made addressing the landslide one of its priorities, Continue reading “Slowing the Slide without Destroying the Preserve”

Help Safeguard our Neighborhoods from Deadly Hydrofluoric Acid!

AQMD Refinery Committee meeting 9 a.m., Sat., Sept. 22, Wilmington Middle School,1700 Gulf Ave, Wilmington. 

There will be a special meeting of the AQMD Refinery Committee Sept. 22, to develop a regulation that we hope will phase out use of HF in local refineries.  The oil refineries have exerted enormous political pressure to have a weak regulation (Rule 1410) that would allow them to keep using HF.  We need to show that we care about the safety of our community, and want them to phase out this deadly chemical.

A major release of HF from the Torrance PBF refinery, or the Wilmington Valero refinery, could kill or injure thousands, if not a hundred thousand people, depending on which way the wind was blowing.

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Along the Path: A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature

Leave it to the Leaves

By Susan Deo

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Have you ever lain down under a tree on a sunny summer day and looked up at the leaves above you? Did you notice how each leaf has oriented itself for maximum sun exposure? Leaves are the food factories of flowering plants and ferns, as are the modified leaves, or needles, of pine and fir trees.


Continue reading “Along the Path: A Young Person’s Guide to Exploring Nature”

PV Nature Preserve—Protected in Perpetuity?

by Eva Cicoria

If you’ve hiked the trails of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve (the Preserve), you’ve enjoyed the scent of sage, the sound of birds calling, and the expansive backdrop of blue sky and sea. You may know something about the history of the establishment of the Preserve and feel gratitude for all who invested so much in that effort. But do you know what protects the Preserve from development? Continue reading “PV Nature Preserve—Protected in Perpetuity?”

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