Intensive habitat restoration efforts by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy have added native wildflowers and shrubs to the beautiful hillsides of Linden H. Chandler Preserve. Trails traverse this 28.5-acre preserve’s slopes and grasslands through a recently restored riparian area. The Preserve is a critical part of the natural environment in Rolling Hills Estates and is home to a number of special native wildflowers, including the star-shaped golden seal, pink farewell-to-spring, and tall and spiky bush lupine. It now provides valuable native coastal sage scrub habitat capable of supporting native birds and insects, including habitat favored by the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly.
Development, agriculture, and the introduction of exotic plant species, have reduced this ecosystem by 75-90%. This rare ecosystem is home to intensely fragrant and highly drought resistant shrubs and flowering plants. Perfectly adapted to the local climate, these plants survive long hot summers and periods of drought through survival mechanisms like deep tap roots and the shedding of moisture-seeping leaves. Winter rains bring a welcome growth spurt resulting in a blanket of green leaves and colorful wildflowers. Living throughout this rare habitat are many different animals, including the threatened California Gnatcatcher.
Parking is located next to the Rolling Hills Little League Field or at the end of Buckskin Lane. From the end of Buckskin Lane, there are magnificent views of the Los Angeles basin and, on a clear day, the San Gabriel Mountains.
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 MAP