In pursuit of this goal, the Torrey Pines Association was founded in 1950 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with Guy Fleming as its first president.

Since then it has played an active role in:

Achieving State Reserve/Preserve status

Leading the campaign to acquire 168 additional acres of native trees

Funding interpretive signs and exhibits

Publishing informational materials and producing educational videos

Establishing an endowment for the benefit of the Reserve

Renovating Visitor Center facilities and the historic Guy Fleming House

Funding bark beetle monitoring and invasive plant eradication efforts

Supporting State Parks with equipment donations

Sponsoring symposia and other events that increase appreciation of the Reserve

Funding a tree census

Monitoring the overall welfare of the Reserve and responding to projects that could reduce native habitat, cut off wildlife corridors, cause further siltation of the lagoon, or threaten the Reserve's integrity

Past Programs

TPA helps fund the Carmel Valley Road Revegetation Project where Parks staff and volunteers are removing invasive iceplant and replanting native species along the lagoon margin of Carmel Valley Road.  TPA is supporting restoration of the Guy and Margaret Fleming Residence, one of the structures on the National Register of Historic Places, at the Reserve.  We continue to provide ongoing support for the pheromones used to monitor bark beetles among the pine groves.

Our Finest Effort

TPA’s proudest accomplishment was the successful conclusion in 1974 of a matching fund campaign to purchase the Extension above Carmel Valley Road. In the face of overwhelming odds and with a decade of effort, citizens devoted to preserving the last unprotected groves of Torrey pines, led by the TPA, succeeded in saving 1,500 trees and 168 acres of natural beauty on the north side of Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.

A Legacy of Literature

Another multi-year effort was the 1994 publication of our signature volume, Torrey Pines: Landscape and Legacy, with text and photos by Bill Evarts.

Endowing the Future

We joined with the Torrey Pines Docent Society in 2007 to establish the Torrey Pines Reserve Endowment with the goal of building a long-term, sustainable source of support for the Reserve.

With the increased pressure of urban growth, the challenge remains: Can the rarest pine tree in the United States continue to coexist with one of the country’s fastest growing cities?

For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay have lived on this land now called Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. It has nourished, healed, protected, and embraced them in a relationship of balanced stewardship. As members of today's Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve community, Torrey Pines Conservancy acknowledges and promotes the Kumeyaay legacy, and we find inspiration in their traditions and wisdom.