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.
Torrey Pines Association puts donors’ contributions to good use by making grants to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and the Torrey Pines Docent Society. Their goal is to preserve native habitat — especially the pine woodlands — and increase enjoyment and stewardship of the Reserve.
Some of the programs they support include:
- 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