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 tjensen@mprpd.org.

PLANNING & RESOURCE DOCUMENTS

OPEN SPACE AND PARKLAND PLANNING

Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations

MPRPD Master Plan

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

Big Sur Ecoregion SOD Adaptive Management Project

SOD Ecological Investigation

SOD Plots-2006

SOD Research from UC Berkeley

SOD Summary Report-2015

USDA SOD Summary

 

SAN CLEMENTE OPEN SPACE

Temporary Access and Construction Easements

 

FROG POND WETLAND PRESERVE

Azolla Filiculoides

Frog Pond Birds

Frog Pond Plants

Frog Pond 2014 Enhancement Plan

 

LOCKE-PADDON WETLAND COMMUNITY PARK

Master Plan and Design Development Report

 

MARINA DUNES PRESERVE

Dune Habitat Restoration Plan

 

PALO CORONA REGIONAL PARK

Amphibian Management and Monitoring-2005

Amphibian Management and Monitoring Progress Report-2005

Amphibian Management and Monitoring-2006

Amphibian Management and Monitoring-2008

Amphibian Report Figure 1

Amphibian Management and Monitoring-2014

Aquatic Sampling Datasheet-2009

Archaeological Report-2009

Coastal Animal Species Fecal Pathogen Work

Fire Management Plan AND Plan Appendices

Grassland Management Plan

Grassland Monitoring Report-2012

Grazing Lease

Impact of Cattle Grazing on Smith’s Blue Butterfly, its Host Plant and the Surrounding Plant Community

Interim Public Access Plan

Invasive Weed Species Identification Book

Journal of Vegetation Science 24 (2013); Consequences of Cattle Grazing for an Invaded Grassland

Palo Corona Ranch: Gateway to Big Sur

Pathogen Pollution Project Terrestrial Animal Fecal Study

Residual Dry Matter Monitoring Report-2015

San Jose Creek Stream Inventory Report

San Jose Creek Watershed Assessment Final Report

Seneca Creek Stream Inventory Report

Weed Management Plan