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coastal California gnatcatcher

Dana Point Preserve, Dana Point, CA

Habitat: Coastal sage scrub

Status: Threatened

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Rancho La Costa Greens burn area

Carlsbad and San Marcos, San Diego County, CA

Habitat: Large flowering Phacelia (Phacelia grandiflora)

Southern Maritime Chaparral

Photo Credit: CNLM Staff

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The Endangered Coachella Valley Fringe-toed Lizard

Coachella Valley, CA

Habitat: Desert sand dune

Status: state endangered and federally threatened

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Alkali Grasslands Preserve

City of Woodland, Yolo County, CA

Habitat: Alkali Grassland and Seasonal Wetlands, California Annual and Perennial Grassland

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Ground Squirrel

Dana Point Preserve, Dana Point, CA

Habitat: Coastal sage scrub, coastal bluff scrub

Home to threatened California Gnatcatcher and federally endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse

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Dan Kelly Ridge

Olympic Peninsula/Clallam County, WA

Habitat: Grassland balds and shrubland, and Douglas-fir forests

Home to endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly

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Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve

Coachella Valley, CA

Habitat: Palm Woodland Oasis and Desert Wetland

These rare habitats support a wide variety of migrating birds and several rare species including the western yellow bat and the palm boring beetle.

Photo Credit: CNLM Staff

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Request for Proposals – Prescribed Burn Services needed in Washington State

Notification of intent to bid due June 11, 2021
Proposals due June 25, 2021
Full details click, here

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.

We are dedicated to protecting and restoring imperiled species and their habitats.


Featured Preserves

Featured Species

The Riparian brush Rabbit, Sylvilagus bachmani riparius, is a small cottontail rabbit and was historically associated with riparian forests along parts of the San Joaquin River and its tributaries on the San Joaquin Valley floor. Read More…