The Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM) Earns National Recognition
Feb. 18, 2021 – After a rigorous, year-long process of providing extensive documentation of our practices and policies, CNLM was notified by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission that we had been awarded accreditation again. Having first received this distinction in 2010, CNLM has maintained the standards determined by the commission and has been reaccredited for another five-year period. This third-party evaluation explores all aspects of our organization’s functioning– including acquisition processes, documentation, Board relations, accounting practices, ethical conduct, and appropriate oversight and leadership. Read more about this achievement by clicking, here.
COVID-19 impacts on the organization and the natural resources under our care
The Center for Natural Lands Management is committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers, and others with whom we interact or who visit our preserves.
Like many other land-based conservation practitioners, we are daily revisiting the most appropriate means of protecting and managing our many preserves with their threatened and endangered species, while ensuring we are helping to truncate this pandemic.
Our Preserve management staff are focusing on more office-based conservation activities but are continuing, for now, certain preserve tasks if they are related to public safety and/or protection of the preserves and their sensitive and rare species.
We are still here:
- Our virtual office is well buffered from COVID-19 impacts and remains fully staffed and functional
- Our physical (headquarters) office in Temecula, CA and our office in Olympia, WA are both closed at present but mail is collected regularly and staff remain in their roles, operating from home offices
Status of trails on CNLM Preserves:
- Effective June 8th, the trail on our Dana Point Preserve in the City of Dana Point, California, will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 08:00 am to 4:00 pm. For current trail guidelines and updates please visit the Dana Preserve webpage.
- Please visit the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve webpage for current preserve information.
- Public trails on CNLM preserves in San Diego County are now open, with continuing COVID-19 public health precautions. Trail users should have masks as they are required to be in use if safe social distancing cannot be practiced. To avoid unsafe conditions that may lead to further trail closures, we request that the public only use trails to which they can walk or bike, if possible. That will help to avoid unsafe congregations at trailheads and on trails.
Please contact us (or the Preserve Manager directly – see information on individual preserve webpages on this website) if you observe behaviors or conditions that are concerning. Of course, call law enforcement (9-1-1) immediately if you observe dangerous or emergency situations.
Orange County Oil Spill Response:
The Center for Natural Lands Management joins others in being concerned about the recent oil spill off the Orange County coast. Given the current and potential reach of that spill, our preserve staff have been monitoring the situation from our Dana Point Preserve as well as other areas. We have reached out to agencies involved in the Southern California Spill Response offering support and Preserve access as needed for environmental monitoring and wildlife rescue. Our professional staff will continue to monitor from and on our Preserve for any observations of distressed wildlife and participate in recovery if and as appropriate.
For more information on the oil spill and ways to help please visit https://socalspillresponse.com.
We are dedicated to protecting and restoring imperiled species and their habitats.