Please help us achieve our core objectives for 2017!


Action Alert
Please send a letter to key decision makers requesting that the Land Trust be allowed access to the ecological reserve, and asking them to provide greater oversight of the restoration planning process.

The Land Trust has two major objectives for 2017:

1) Managed, ecologically sensitive access to the ecological reserve

It has been over ten years since the state acquired roughly 600 acres of private land to create the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve at great public expense. Yet the reserve since largely neglected and community stakeholders, like the Land Trust, who used to conduct stewardship activities in the ecological reserve have been shut out. The Land Trust has the financial resources, people resources and other resources to conduct valuable stewardship and educational activities in the ecological reserve. The only thing we are missing is access.

2) Transparency and accountability on the part of government agencies with regard to ongoing restoration planning

The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed restoration of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve is so far behind schedule, many people don’t even remember that is was first anticipated to be released at the end of 2006! As of January 2015, the project team still can’t provide an answer as to when the public can expect this important document. The project team has been unwilling to provide any public explanation of these repeated delays other than that this is a “complex project.” That is insufficient and unacceptable. Further, the project team has attempted to hide the details of restoration planning behind private entities, such as the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation. The Land Trust firmly believes that no project, no matter how well intentioned, can adequately serve the public interest if the public is deprived of its fundamental right of oversight. This is not some whimsical thought on our part – the California Legislature and courts have consistently stressed the importance of public oversight, whether it be via public records, open meetings or other laws that safeguard the public interest. The Land Trust is committed to holding the project team accountable to these laws with regard to the very important future of this precious public resource.

Action AlertPlease send a letter to key decision makers requesting that the Land Trust be allowed access to the ecological reserve, and asking them to provide greater oversight of the restoration planning process.