Current Focus

Restoration: Since December 2000, the Land Trust has held its monthly Ballona Stewards restoration day to bring this land back to life. The Land Trust is also an active member of an interim restoration committee overseen by the California Coastal Conservancy (a state agency).

Litigation: Unfortunately, Phase 1 of the Playa Vista project was approved and is in construction, but there are still 200 acres of undeveloped land. The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust has joined with the City of Santa Monica, the Surfrider Foundation, the Ballona Ecosystem Education Project (BEEP) and representatives of the Tongva/Gabrieleno Native Americans in litigation against the City of Los Angeles challenging the approval of Phase 2. We will be in the Appellate Court April 17th, 2010 where our case will be heard. Our case challenges that the City of L.A. did not sufficiently study the environmental effects of the development before permitting the project to move forward. Click here for more detail on our efforts please click here

Acquisition: Concurrently, we are working to encourage the emergence of a willing seller of the remaining 200 acres — Area D (South of Ballona Creek and east of Lincoln), and to identify public funds for acquisition of this land.

Our plans for 2017

  • The Ballona Wetland Land Trust is currently exploring ways to provide educational experiences for children in under-served communities to learn about the importance of wetland ecosystems; we hope to begin in summer of 2017.
  • The Ballona Wetland Land Trust received a grant to print and distribute 5,000 of our popular bilingual booklets of common birds to elementary school children in the Los Angeles area to help promote the value of local wildlife.