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Open Space Planning

Long-range planning is a crucial element in forecasting future park and open space expansion and acquisition that will serve current and future resident needs and demands for increased public access, use, and experiences. This form of planning requires an extensive knowledge and understanding of district-wide land ownership, land uses and values, zoning and general plan policies, GIS mapping, and a “big-picture” perspective. This routine type of planning provides the blueprints for land use decisions and actions which ensure consistency with the District's mission to "preserve and protect open space” and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.

Land Use Planning

Short-term planning focuses on policies, guidelines, and permits that together enable the District to open to the public and develop its parklands and open space in ways that support public use and enjoyment while also protecting environmental values.  Obtaining County, regulatory, and municipal permits; constructing trails and visitor improvements that enhance visitor experiences; designing natural resources research and restoration projects; implementing natural resources conservation programs; all these activities require careful documentation, deliberation, community involvement, and effective implementation.

Natural Resources Conservation

Central to the District’s mission is parkland and open space conservation; the ecologically-based stewardship of plants, animals, water, soil, terrain, geologic formations, and historic, scenic, and cultural features. Everything within the District’s parks and open spaces are protected and conserved by the District as public trust assets for current and future generations. Without them the District’s parks and open spaces would lose all their beauty, inspiration, life-support, and value.

Conservation is a complex, multi-faceted issue.  The District faces many choices in managing its parklands and open spaces.  The ecosystem is constantly changing as species come and go, as weather fluctuates, and climate changes.  There are also many competing interests between users, uses, available funding, techniques, perceptions, and parkland neighbors.  To this end, the District has adopted an adaptive management strategy that strives to maintain an ecologically sound land management ethic that is responsive to the changing conditions of the land and encourages public access.

For more information on specific documents, programs, projects, or activities related to any of the District’s many parks and open space lands please call or e-mail the Planning and Conservation Manager at (831) 372-3196 ext. 106 or info@mprpd.org.

MPRPD Planning & Resource Documents

open space and parkland planning

MPRPD Master Plan
Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District at 40

current planning projects

Initial Study: Palo Corona Regional Park Parking Project
agency regulatory guidelines

Recovery Plan for the California Red-legged Frog

sudden oak death

SOD Ecological Investigation
SOD Plots-2006
Big Sur Ecoregion SOD Adaptive Management Project
USDA SOD Summary
Current SOD Research from UC Berkeley

san clemente open space

Temporary Access and Construction Easements

frog pond wetland preserve

Azolla Filiculoides
Frog Pond Birds
Frog Pond Plants

locke-paddon wetland community park

Master Plan and Design Development Report

marina dunes preserve

Dune Habitat Restoration Plan

palo corona regional park

Interim Public Access Plan
Fire Management Plan
Grassland Management Plan
Grassland Monitoring Report-2012
San Jose Creek Stream Inventory Report
Seneca Creek Stream Inventory Report
Amphibian Management and Monitoring-2005
Amphibian Management and Monitoring Progress Report-2005
Amphibian Management and Monitoring-2006
Amphibian Management and Monitoring-2008
Aquatic Sampling Datasheet-2009
Amphibian Report Figure 1
Pathogen Pollution Project Terrestrial Animal Fecal Study
Coastal Animal Species Fecal Pathogen Work
Palo Corona Ranch: Gateway to Big Sur
Impact of Cattle Grazing on Smith's Blue Butterfly, its Host Plant and the Surrounding Plant Community
Journal of Vegetation Science 24 (2013); Consequences of Cattle Grazing for an Invaded Grassland
Invasive Weed Species Identification Book

Grazing Lease
Draft Weed Management Plan

San Jose Creek Watershed Assessment Final Report