Madrona Marsh Preserve is a 44-acre nature preserve in Torrance, CA. The preserve was
established during the 1970s in a partnership between the Friends of Madrona Marsh and
the City of Torrance. The collection includes several albums of photographs documenting
the work and visitors to the Marsh. Also includes many reports, environmental impact studies,
and materials including "The Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center Management Plan,"
and "Environmental Resources Element," (Torrance City Planning Department).
Donated by the Friends of the Marsh.
In the early 1970s, developers expressed interest in the prime
real estate on which the area in Torrance, near the Madrona Marsh
was located, which started a conflict for the Madrona Marsh. Resistance
came from environmentalists who wanted to preserve as much of the
wildlife area as possible. As a result, a group formed in 1972 and
was called the Friends of the Madrona Marsh. The Friends of Madrona
Marsh is a non-profit organization that was established in 1972.
They are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the marsh
through an assortment of activities throughout the year to bring awareness.
Debate continued throughout all the 1970s regarding this piece of property.
In 1980s, the city of Torrance was given a 34.4 acres deed to the marsh
for wildlife preservation. Three decades later after the first argument
started, in 2001, the preserve came to be with the opening of the
Madrona Marsh Nature Center in 2001.
[3.6 linear ft]
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