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February 5, 2013
Over the course of two centuries, the Ballona Wetlands have, more or less, survived grazing cattle, Howard Hughes and Marina del Rey. Now, nearly a decade after the state acquired the 640 acres of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve that stretch from Westchester to the marina, the cherished preserve may finally be getting the substantial restoration it needs and deserves. The Annenberg Foundation has agreed to put up at least $50 million to build an interpretive center in the wetlands and help with the restoration of the land around the center.
January 30, 2013
Re "Nature's classroom planned," Jan. 28 Building a center for education in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, which sits between Marina del Rey and Westchester, is reminiscent of the U.S. military official during the Vietnam War who told Associated Press reporter Peter Arnett, "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it. " What's left of the Ballona Wetlands should be restored, not bulldozed. Frances Longmire Los Angeles The Annenberg Foundation's proposed museum does not belong in an environmentally sensitive area.
January 27, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The Annenberg Foundation plans to build a $50-million interpretive center in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve under an agreement to be signed Monday with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Officials aim to make the center a place for people to "come to learn how nature works and how each of them is a part of it," said Charlton H. "Chuck" Bonham, Fish and Wildlife director. The announcement marked rare movement in the state's efforts to restore one of Southern California's few remaining wetlands and open it to the public.
June 24, 2012 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT, Calif. - In his obsession to see every back road in Southern California, my brother, John, recently said, "Let's go to Carrizo Plain. " "Where's that?" I asked. He waved his palm in the air. "Over there. " Meaning, I gathered, someplace between Bakersfield and Santa Barbara. The website for the Bureau of Land Management, which helps administer Carrizo Plain National Monument, offers more precise directions, though it begins by warning visitors not to use GPS mapping software to get there.
June 12, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
Yosemite National Park's favorite beach is getting a face lift. Tenaya Lake, the sparkling alpine oasis along the park's busy Tioga Road, is being upgraded this summer with new parking and picnicking facilities. The trail system is being rerouted to avoid harm to the shore's delicate wetlands. The renovations are intended to undo decades of neglect to basic services, repairing parking lots and restrooms, and also to ease damage done by the free-range trampling by families trekking to the lake to swim and paddle in the summer and ice skate in the winter.
April 30, 2012 | By Carla Hall
Hey, there, land mammals, So this is Orange County!  Not as pretty as Palos Verdes but I'm really grooving on the Bolsa Chica wetlands here. I mean I'm literally grooving on the wetlands. I can practically walk through them, it's so shallow in places.  But no worries, the water is plenty deep enough in most parts for me to get around. I've been here since Thursday and I think it's time for me to explain some things.  First off, I appreciate all the good wishes but I could do without the finger pointing.  And you've got to turn off the TV camera lights at night, they're just really annoying.  The folks on the yellow paddleboards who veered alongside me - I know they meant well, but I just needed some space.
April 29, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
On Friday, human spectators scared a confused dolphin into staying in the shallow waters of Orange County's Bolsa Chica Wetlands, wildlife officials said. On Saturday, it was a group of dolphins that frightened the stranded marine animal back into the wetlands nature preserve as rescuers attempted to guide it back to the open sea. "It's been an interesting day so far," said Peter Wallerstein, a marine biologist with the Marine Animal Rescue service. Wallerstein and five state Department of Fish and Game officers took to paddle boards Saturday morning to encourage the 7-foot dolphin to continue swimming to freedom after they noticed that it had swum several hundred yards closer to Huntington Harbour, which spills into the ocean.
April 28, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Helicopters circled, crowds gathered to gawk and worry, and traffic snarled along Pacific Coast Highway as a disoriented dolphin circled in the shallow, murky waters of the Bolsa Chica wetlands Friday. The 7-foot dolphin - nicknamed Fred by some of the spectators - apparently swam mistakenly into the wetlands with five companions earlier in the week. While the dolphin's pod mates returned to sea, the one called Fred stayed behind. "They were probably chasing fish through the Huntington Harbour and lost their way," said Dean Gomersall, animal care supervisor with the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.
April 8, 2012 | By David Helvarg
A good argument can be made that no one since Father Junipero Serra has had as much impact on coastal development in California as Peter Douglas. Douglas, who died a week ago, wrote and helped pass Proposition 20, the California Coastal Commission initiative, in 1972. He wrote the 1976 Coastal Act, worked for the commission from its early days and was its outspoken executive director for more than 25 years despite often fierce opposition, including a nearly successful attempt by then-Gov.
February 10, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
It took three years and more than $26 million to turn an old MTA bus yard in South Los Angeles into what it is today: a sprawling park and urban wetland that will store and clean millions of gallons of storm water — while also giving children a place to play. The gates to the new park, built on nine acres at Avalon Boulevard and 54th Street, were opened to the public Thursday. Residents say it is a welcome addition to a neighborhood that is sorely in need of green space. City officials say decades of lax zoning practices have left many of the area's residential streets blighted with warehouses, mechanic shops and scrap yards.
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