Eleven Oganizations Own Land within The Coachella Valley Preserve System
The Preserve is a model of cooperation between federal, state, and private conservation efforts for managing sensitive natural areas. It is comprised of three (3) separate Preserves set aside for conservation in a landmark Habitat Conservation Plan signed in 1986 (see map). These are the Whitewater Preserve, the Edom Hill/Willow Hole Preserve and the Thousand Palms Preserve.
The Whitewater Preserve is largely owned the Coachella Valley Water District (District) and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The Edom Hill Preserve has a diverse land ownership including the BLM, the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM), The Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC), The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), The Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), and Friends of the Desert Mountains (FODM). Additional conservation lands adjacent to the Preserve and outside of it are continuing to be acquired to complete this Preserve. It is primarily managed by the Bureau.
The Center, the Service, the Bureau, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and California State Parks (State Parks), the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and FODM are all part-owners of the Thousand Palms Preserve. Each manages its own land in concert with the others. Preserve rules, policies and procedures are agreed on by the entire management team and are enforced on all land within the Preserve, regardless of owner. Additional conservation lands adjacent to the Preserve and outside of it are continuing to be acquired to augment this Preserve.
CNLM and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) own the heart of the Preserve, containing the Thousand Palms and McCallum Groves. The extensive trail system starts here at the Palm Log Visitor's Center. In addition to acting as the eyes and ears for the entire management team, CNLM staff coordinates the management of the entire Preserve and manages the Visitors' Center and trail system. The Center for Natural Lands Management is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to science based management of sensitive areas (www.cnlm.org).
The Preserve has been designated an Area of Conservation and Ecological Concern (ACEC) by the BLM. This means that the rules for access to the federal land managed by the Bureau here is different than what is generally accepted about Bureau land. In many cases, Bureau-managed land is open to the public for hiking, camping, etc. There are no approved jeep trails on BLM Preserve land. For specific information contact the local BLM office (http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings.html).
The Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the Service, makes up the lower third of the Preserve. This refuge is closed to public entry to protect the federally endangered Coachella Valley Fringe-toed lizard.
The Department of Fish and Game has declared their portion of the CV Preserve an Ecological Reserve. Hunting and fishing are not allowed on this land. The Department owns land containing sand dunes and sand fields in the southern portion of the Preserve. For information on lands open to fishing and/or hunting, contact the Department at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/.
The Nature Conservancy was one of the major forces behind the formation of this Preserve. In 1998 it began the process of transferring both land and management responsibility to the Center for Natural Lands Management for the land they owned in the Preserve.
For more information on any aspect of the Preserve’s management, feel free to call the Thousand Palms Office of the Center for Natural Lands Management at:
(760)-343-1234 [email protected]