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Upcoming Guided Nature Walk

Turtle Trek

What: Turtle Trek

When: Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8:00AM until 10:0AM

Where: Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Meet us in the driveway near 1st street and PCH.  You may park in the driveway.  

Our walk begins with a brief orientation to our
wetlands. We will walk along 2nd street to the
bridge and look for sea turtles. For part of our
tour we will view and discuss the Zedler marsh eco-system while keeping an eye out for local wildlife. Part of our walk will take us through the Signal Hill Petroleum oil operations where we will talk about the history of oil operations and their impact on the wetlands. We will wrap up our walk by hiking along Calloway marsh, taking the PCH bridge over to the western levee and walking past newly acquired city owned wetlands past the Pumpkin Patch, land swap property and campground marsh.

Download a flyer

For more information or to RSVP email ejlambe@verizon.net
or call 714/357-8576.

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You can do something about climate change this weekend.  Join this march.  Attend our movie.

Watershed   peoples climate  

Climate change seems like such a big and overwhelming problem. How can one person make a difference?  Well I think one person can make a difference in the same way people through the ages have changed the course of human history.  And that is by doing something to make their opinion known, and then doing something more, and staying on message with more after that. Above all, we should not give up.


 By supporting the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands you are already doing something about climate change because wetlands absorb water during times of flooding or when the sea level rises.  Also wetlands provide critical habitat for fragile species that are the most impacted by climate change.  But this Saturday you can do one more thing, and that is join the global day of action. 

The largest march against climate change will be in New York this weekend and the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust will be symbolically participating.  Closer to home there are marches in Los Angeles on Saturday, and now I hear there is one in Long Beach.  The latter is also on Saturday.  I plan on attending a march and hope you will too.  Future generations are depending on us.

Extreme weather means extreme drought like the one we are experiencing now in California.  I urge you to attend the movie event we are hosting at the Art Theatre this Sunday, September 21st, to learn more about how it all ties together.  The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust is excited to be hosting our 2nd annual eco-documentary film.  This year we are featuring an award-winning film produced by Robert Redford entitled  Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West.This compelling documentary tells the story, through intimate character vignettes, of threats to the once mighty Colorado River.  We're particularly interested in the portions of the film that follow a subject near and dear to us-- wetlands activism. Watershed features (among others) Edith Santiago, a Colorado River Delta wetlands project manager.   

Pre-sale Tickets: $10 (+ small processing fee) at sustainable-sunday-cinema.eventbrite.com

Day-of Tickets: $12 at the door We are delighted to be hosting Sustainable Sunday Cinema again this year and making the connection between wetlands protection, drought, and climate change. 

Hope to see you on Saturday and on Sunday too! 

Elizabeth Lambe

Executive Director

Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust

 

 

September 28th we are kayaking the wetlands. Care to join us? It's super fun.

kayak

Kayaking Los Cerritos Wetlands is a fun and interesting way to get to know our local wetlands.  You get to check out parts of our wetlands that are normally off-limits to the public.

We meet at the Leeway Sailing Center at9:00 am and kayak across Alamitos Bay to Steamshovel Slough, which is a wetlands area still privately owned.

The Slough is a remarkable watery area of Los Cerritos Wetlands and is one of the most pristine wetlands in Southern California.  

Just FYI, you have to be in good enough shape to paddle a few miles to Steamshovel Slough and back, but we are never in a rush, and we stop along the way to check out the

Jack Dunster Marine Reserve.

If you are interested in joining us on Sunday, September 28th, 2014, for wetlands kayaking, send an email to elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org or call 714/357-8576.  Cost per person to attend the trip is $13.00 cash, to be paid directly to Leeway to cover the cost of the kayak, paddle and life-vest rental. Minimum age is 16 and all minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

Our turtle trek, where we look for the green sea turtles of the San Gabriel River, is coming up soon!

Sea Turtle

On October 4th you could see a pacific green sea turtle like this one in the San Gabriel River.
Come on a tour with us on Saturday, October 4th, to learn about and view our local sea turtles, which some consider the most interesting animal that depends on Los Cerritos Wetlands. It is amazing but true that these endangered creatures not only survive but seem to flourish in the largely urban waterway that is the San Gabriel River.

  • What: Tour of Los Cerritos Wetlands along the San Gabriel River
  • When: Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8:00AM
  • Where (and wear): Meet at the corner of First Street and PCH in Seal Beach (just over the bridge from Long Beach into Seal Beach) Wear closed-toed shoes; kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Check out this flyer for further information. To RSVP for a spot on this tour email elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org or call 714/357-8576.

 

Sustainable Sunday Cinema

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust and our partner organizations are excited to be hosting our second annual “Sustainable Sunday Cinema”.  This years film, about water issues in the west, is especially timely given the serious drought conditions in California right now.

Join us for an interesting film, some lively conversation and tasty drinks.  It will be a fun and educational event.

Watershed  

This event is in solidarity with the People Climate March which includes supporting events in Los Angeles.

 

Please join us for a fun Sunday morning mixer
and film screening on September 21st!

Eco Documentry  

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust is excited to be hosting our 2nd annual eco-documentary film screening and mixer at the Art Theatre of Long Beach. Please come on out for a fun Sunday morning and show your support for conservation efforts here in Long Beach. Connect with other environmentally-minded folks and green organizations, meet our special guests, and visit the Green Drinks LB bar for a mimosa on the house (non-alcoholic beverages also available).

This year we are screening Watershed, a critically acclaimed documentary Executive Produced and Narrated by Robert Redford. 

Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West tells the story of threats to the once-mighty Colorado River through intimate character vignettes, and we're particularly interested in the portions of the film that follow a subject near and dear to us-- wetlands activism. Watershedfeatures (among others) Edith Santiago, a Colorado River Delta wetlands project manager. 

We're also proud to be sharing the stage with Green Long Beach and Long Beach Fresh, who will show the film short "Time to Grow" on the big screen, highlighting the local foods movement here in Long Beach. We'll wrap up our feature (running time 55 minutes) and film short (running time 15 minutes) by 12:30, and Green Long Beach will extend an invitation to any interested film-goers to continue the conversation at an open panel discussion and lunch.

We are so happy to be hosting Sustainable Sunday Cinema again this year and are eager to introduce the Los Cerritos Wetlands to more like-minded folks here in Long Beach.  Buy your ticket today!

Elizabeth Lambe

Executive Director

What: Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Presents: Sustainable Sunday Cinema

WhenSunday, September 21st. Doors open for mixer at 10 am, Film screening 11 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Pre-sale Tickets: $10 (+ small processing fee) at sustainable-sunday-cinema.eventbrite.com

Day-of Tickets: $12 at the door

www.lcwlandtrust.org/film

www.facebook.com/lcwlandtrust

 

Help clean up the coast... and get a discount to Sustainable Sunday Cinema!

Eco Systems

September 20th is Coastal Clean Up Day, sponsored by theCalifornia Coastal Commission. Coastal Clean Up is a day when community members up and down California's coast spend some time picking up trash and making our beaches, wetlands, and coastline cleaner and safer for people and wildlife alike.  This year we are happy to spotlight the Coastal Clean Up at the Colorado Lagoon.

We think of the Colorado Lagoon as our sister wetlands.  Many years ago, the Colorado Lagoon and Los Cerritos Wetlands were actually adjoined and contiguous. Since then, houses and other infrastructure have been put in place and now separate these two important eco-systems.

So please consider joining volunteers and Colorado Lagoon naturalists to help make the Colorado Lagoon a safer, cleaner, and even more beautiful place. Meet at the Science Shack near the corner of Appian Way and Colorado, and be sure to wear appropriate shoes and sun protection.

WhenSaturday, September 20, 9am - 12pm

Where: Colorado Lagoon, Long Beach, CA 90814

Why:  To make our local wetlands cleaner and to get a discount on our upcoming interesting and inspirational movie, Watershed.

**Volunteers participating in the upcoming September 20th Coastal Clean Up at Colorado Lagoon will be eligible for a $2 discount to Sustainable Sunday Cinema on September 21st.**

 

The next meeting about the SEADIP updating process will be at the Planning Commission. Please attend and share your thoughts.

Seadip

It might sound wonky, but it's important because the the updating of zoning for the lands in and around Los Cerritos Wetlands will have a big impact on the future of our local wetlands.  Here's why: SEADIP (South East Area Development and Improvement Plan) is so old and out-of-date that some developers and land owners think it is irrelevant. This attitude helps lead to proposals for inappropriate and harmful development in the area and for our local wetlands. 

That's why we are happy to participate in processes for updating SEADIP that we hope will lead to sensible zoning for these lands, zoning that takes into account what we now know about the fragility and ecological importance of wetlands.  Next up on this schedule for updating SEADIP is a meeting before the Long Beach Planning Commission where they will be briefed on the status of the updating process. The public (and that means you!) is invited to attend and share your views.

WHAT:    SEADIP Study Session before the Long Beach Planning Commission

WHERE:  Long Beach City Hall, City Council Chambers located at 333 West Ocean Blvd.

WHEN: Thursday, September 4th, 2014 , at 5:00PM

WHY:       To provide a report to the Planning Commission on the progress to date, including public input. No formal action will be taken by the Planning Commission at this meeting.  Click here to view the Planning Commission agenda for the meeting.

 

Attend a fun and interesting nature walk...or two.  


Heron
Our next nature walk will be on Saturday, September 6th, and will be on the Marketplace Marsh area of Los Cerritos Wetlands. Marketplace Marsh gained some fame a few months back when it was burned by a fire so severe it threatened not only the nearby Marketplace shopping mall but also the Seaport Marina Hotel. Luckily no one was harmed, and as bad as Marketplace Marsh looked right after the fire, it is an ecosystem designed by nature to be resilient against fire; and it is, albeit slowly, coming back. Our upcoming hike will be unique because those on the tour will get a "first look" at this damaged land and learn about its slow but sure recovery.

WHAT: Heron Hike around the Marketplace Marsh at Los Cerritos Wetlands

WHEN: Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at 8:00 am sharp! Parking lot gate will open at 7:45 am and close at 8:10 am. No late-comers can be admitted for the tour, and all participants must stay for the entire tour, which will end by 9:45 am.

WHERE: Meet in the driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st Street and PCH in Seal Beach. There will be signs. Close-toed shoes are best, and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RSVP: Email elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org.

For more information or to download a hike flyer visit our website.
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And to really make your weekend fun check this out!. Sierra Club is hosting a walk of the Bolsa Chica wetlands on Sunday Sept. 7th. Details are below.

Sierra Club Bolsa Chica Birding Walk: Easy paced, reasonably flat, 4 mile
hike, approximately 3 hrs. On the walk you may see rabbits, lizards and evidence of
skunks and coyotes. Mary Parsell, our local Audubon person, will be helping attendees
to identify birds we hope to see, like terns, avocets, Black-necked Stilts,
and Western Snowy Plovers. Meet at 8:00am at the North Parking Lot located at 3842 Warner Avenue Huntington Beach,CA 92647. Bring water in a reusable water bottle - no trash cans are out in nature, hat, sunscreen, lug soled shoes. The walk takes about 3 hours, feel free to bring a snack. Kids are welcome, dogs not allowed.

After the walk, feel free to visit the The Bolsa Chica Conservancy Interpretive Center located in this lot, open until 4 pm, or join the group across the street at the Secret Spot for a post-walk meal.

Leaders are Gabrielle Weeks gabrielle@workwithweeks.com and Cecilia Fidora
Please RSVP to the above email address so they will know how many folks are attending.
 

Sustainable Cinema Sunday is coming up.  It was so much fun last year we decided to do it again!

Watershed  

For those of you who attended last year's film "Heroes of the Coast," I hope you remember what a great time you had and will join us again this year.  For folks who missed last year's fun film event (complete with mimosas) I hope you will join us this year. Our feature film, "Watershed" couldn't be more timely given that California is in the midst of a drought.  


 The film event will be on Sunday, September 21st, 2014,  at 10:00AM.  There will be lively discussion, tasty drinks and great networking.


 Further details and how to purchase tickets are on the Film Page

or on our new Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Facebook page!  Which we hope will be a nice complement to Save Los Cerritos Wetlands Facebook page.  Please "like" both of them!

 

Attend a meeting.  Express your opinion.  Join a fun event.

SEADIP

The updating of zoning for the lands in and around Los Cerritos Wetlands will have a big impact on the health and welfare of our local wetlands, and here's why: SEADIP (South East Area Development and Improvement Plan) is the zoning plan for the part of Long Beach that contains most of Los Cerritos Wetlands. SEADIP's zoning is so old and out-of- date that some people think it is irrelevant and keep proposing inappropriate developments for the area. Looking at it from a landowner's or developer's point of view, why shouldn't developers and speculators roll the dice and try again and again in hopes that one of their profitable but misbegotten developments will get through?

Therefore we are happy that a process is underway to clear the slate by updating the zoning for the SEADIP area, and you are invited to go and share your views at a series of public meetings about what should change and what should remain the same.

The next workshop will be on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Best Western Golden Sails Hotel (Seafarer Room) located at 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway.

This meeting is the second in a series of three community workshops for the SEADIP plan update.

For more information on the workshop go to www.lbds.info/seadip_udpate.

And of course, encourage any and all friends, family and fellow community members to attend.

There has also been an on-line town hall forum set up to get your input and views about SEAIP and what it should look like. You should check it out and share your thoughts..

 

Thanks to all who took our survey.  We learned a lot.

RESULTS OF OUR 2014 MEMBER AND SUPPORTER SURVEY

A BIG thank-you to all of you who responded to the recent member survey and gave us your input and ideas! Here are highlights of what we learned:

Protecting and preserving the wetlands is your number one priority. It's why the Los Cerritos Land Trust exists.

We need to do a better job of reminding members when to renew, and be as welcoming as we can to all who want to become members and help protect our local wetlands.

Partnerships make us stronger. As we continue to grow our own organization we should look for ways to partner with other Long Beach/Seal Beach based organizations such as the El Dorado Nature Center.

We also found out that many of you who responded to our survey would like to volunteer to help if you have the time and if the right opportunity can be found for you. We will be following up on how best to implement this important suggestion and are planning a fun volunteer recruitment event.

Stay tuned and again, thank you very much!

Claudia Bryan

Chair

Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Strategic Planning Committee 

P.S.  If you missed the survey and have some ideas you would like to share about how to make the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust a stronger and more strategic organization I urge you to drop me a line at cbryanward@gmail.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Kayak Los Cerritos Wetlands with us.  It's super fun.

kayak

Some fun kayaking of Los Cerritos Wetlands will be happening on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.

Kayaking is a unique way to check out up close our local wetlands and view some areas of the wetlands that are currently off-limits to the public on foot.

We meet at the Leeway Sailing Center at 9:00 am and kayak across Alamitos Bay to Steamshovel Slough, which is a wetlands area still privately owned.

Steamshovel Slough is a remarkable watery area of Los Cerritos Wetlands. It is one of the most pristine wetlands in Southern California. Just FYI, you have to be in good enough shape to paddle a few miles to Steamshovel Slough and back, but we are never in a rush, and we stop along the way to check out the Jack Dunster Marine Reserve.

If you are interested in joining us on Sunday, August 24th for wetlands kayaking, send an email to elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org or call 714/357-8576. Cost per person to attend the trip is $13.00 cash, to be paid directly to Leeway to cover kayak, life jacket and paddle rentals

 

The future of Los Cerritos Wetlands is linked to the future of SEADIP.

Zoning for the lands in and around Los Cerritos Wetlands (was known as SEADIP; possibly renamed as LCAP) is really old and out-of-date.
The zoning is so old that time and time again developers ignore it and propose big and inappropriate development for that part of Long Beach.

The latest development in the works is entitled "PCH & 2nd Project" proposed for the corner of 2nd Street and PCH. We provided some comments about this development to the City of Long Beach, which we hope will be considered.

So, returning to the zoning for the SEADIP area, updating is a good idea, especially if everyone takes into account what we now know about the value and fragility of wetlands. The updating is expected to last a few years and will require lots of study, some in the form of an environmental impact report, and also will require input from the Coastal Commission. However the most important ingredient needed for the successful planning of the SEADIP area is lots of input from the community, and that means you.

So make a plan to attend the next SEADIP Community Advisory Committee meeting, which will be on Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30PM at the Golden Sails Hotel. Check out the agenda. This upcoming meeting is public, so I hope you will be able to join us. I'll be there as an Advisory Committee member, representing the views of those who care about the preservation and protection of Los Cerritos Wetlands, and more. The focus of this meeting will be on issues of Planning and Mobility within the area. For further details check out the recently released opportunities and constraints workbook.

What: Meeting of the Southeast Area Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee

When: Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, Seafarer Room, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lambe
Executive Director
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust

P.S. The City of Long Beach has a website all about the SEADIP updating process where you can learn more details. I urge you to check it out.

 

Kayak the wetlands with us.  See some landscape you can't get to any other way.

Kayaking

Some fun kayaking of Los Cerritos Wetlands will be happening on Sunday, July 27th, 2014.  Kayaking is a special way to check out our local wetlands up close and view some areas of the wetlands that are currently off limits to the public on foot.  

We meet at the Leeway Sailing Center at 9:00 amand kayak across Alamitos Bay to Steamshovel Slough, which is a wetlands area still privately owned. 

The Slough is a remarkable watery area of Los Cerritos Wetlands and is one of the most pristine wetlands in Southern California.  

Just FYI, you have to be in good enough shape to paddle a few miles to Steamshovel Slough and back, but we are never in a rush, and we stop along the way to check out the Jack Dunster Marine Reserve.

If you are interested in joining us on Sunday, July 27th for wetlands kayaking, send an email toejlambe@verizon.net or call 714/357-8576.  Cost per person to attend the trip is $13.00 cash, to be paid directly to Leeway to cover the cost of the kayak, paddle and life-vest rental.  Minimum age is 16 and all minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

P.S.  Speaking of kayaking, we sure did have fun taking Councilmember-elect Suzie Price and her staff on a tour of Steamshovel Slough last week.  And we think they had fun too.  Suzie even posted some pics. of the trip on her facebook page.  So take a peek and then plan to kayak with us on Sunday July 27th.  It,s a great way to spend a summer morning.

 

New proposal coming to City Council.  Could help the wetlands. . . and land owners too!

Land Use Changes
Dear Friend of Los Cerritos Wetlands,

There is a proposal to move oil operations infrastructure from property on Los Cerritos Wetlands owned by Synergy Oil, and consolidate it on the Pumpkin Patch portion of the wetlands, owned by Lyon Communities. Synergy's oil operations are mostly located on land west and north of the intersection of Studebaker Road and Westminster Street. That property also contains Steamshovel Slough.

Synergy Oil also runs oil operations on the Marketplace Marsh portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands, which is currently owned by the City of Long Beach.

This is what is being proposed now and could hold promise for our wetlands:

Most of the oil infrastructure on the Synergy property would be moved so the land owners could clean up and restore the wetlands on that site. They would pay for the clean-up by creating a mitigation bank. Mitigation banks allow developers who are harming wetlands elsewhere to earn mitigation credits by paying to restore targeted wetlands, in this case Synergy Oil's degraded wetlands.

The end result of this proposal, as has been described to us, would be that the entire site (Steamshovel Slough and the adjacent lands) would someday be fully restored and in the public trust.

It's an interesting idea and one that the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust is studying closely. We invite you to study for yourself the City's staff report on the matter, and give us any feedback and thoughts you might have.

The City Council will be taking up the issue this Tuesday, July 1st, 2014. The Council is being asked to allow the Coastal Commission jurisdiction over both parcels (The Synergy Oil land and the Pumpkin Patch land) so the process I described above can begin. Check coverage on this issue from LBReport.com and the Grunion Gazette.

Please plan to attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 1st when the Council will discuss and vote on this intriguing idea. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the proposed land use changes and share any views you have with decision makers. Long Beach City Council chambers are located at 331 West Ocean Blvd. The meeting starts at 5:00PM, but just get there when you can. It is likely to be a meeting that goes on for a while, and this is item No. 26 on the agenda.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lambe
Executive Director
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust
 

On July 4th weekend go forth and hike with us.

Raptor Ramble
Join us and our partners, biologists and environmental educators Taylor Parker and Eric Zahn, on a wonderful hike of Los Cerritos Wetlands this Saturday, July 5th. Eric and Taylor will be leading us on a tour that will take us to the spot in Los Cerritos Wetlands where native people lived and thrived many years ago.

We will view and discuss the Hellman portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands while keeping an eye out for local wildlife. Of special note is the fact that this land provides habitat for the endangered Belding's Savannah Sparrow. Perhaps we will spot one this Saturday! Hike attendees will also learn about the history of oil extraction and its impact on the wetlands.

WHAT: Raptor Ramble Nature Walk at Los Cerritos Wetlands.

WHEN: Saturday, July 5th, at 8:00 am sharp! Parking lot gate will open at 7:45 am and close at 8:10 am. No late-comers can be admitted for the tour, and all participants must stay for the entire tour, which will end by 10:00 am.

WHERE:Meet in the driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st Street and PCH in Seal Beach.
There will be signs. Wear close-toed shoes; and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to rsvp send an email to elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org.
 

SEADIP updating will shape the future of our community and wetlands for years to come.

SEADIP

It's an old story. During the past several years, Los Cerritos Wetlands have been placed at risk by one inappropriate development proposal after another. And now it just feels inevitable that every few years there will be put forth a proposal for some outsized development in or near our fragile local wetlands.

"And why?" you may well ask.

We think the main reason for these unending and exploitative development schemes is that the zoning for the area, SEADIP (the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan), is really old and out-of-date. So people ignore it.

The latest development in the works is entitled "PCH & 2nd Project" and is a large retail project proposed for the corner of 2nd Street and PCH. We provided some comments about this development to the City of Long Beach, which we hope will be considered. Some people believe that the "PCH & 2nd Project" is consistent with the requirements of SEADIP, but that is not really the point. We do not understand how you can do comprehensive master planning for the SEADIP area while at the same time large, game-changing development project(s) are moving forward concurrent with the master planning process. Despite our misgivings, however, we are glad that the updating of SEADIP has at least commenced.

SEADIP updating is expected to be a long process (at least a few years) and will require lots of study, some in the form of an environmental impact report, and also input from the Coastal Commission. However the most important ingredient needed for planning of the SEADIP area to be successful is lots of input from the community, and that means you.

So make a plan to attend the next SEADIP Community Advisory Committee meeting, which will be on Wednesday, June 18th at 6:30PM at the Golden Sails Hotel. This upcoming meeting is public, so I hope you will be able to join us. I'll be there as an Advisory Committee member, representing the views of those who care about the preservation and protection of Los Cerritos Wetlands, and more. The topic for this meeting will be about urban design and mobility.

What: The second meeting of the Southeast Area Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee

When: Wednesday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, Seafarer Room, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lambe
Executive Director
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust

P.S. The City of Long Beach has a website all about the SEADIP updating process where you can learn more details. I urge you to check it out.

P.P.S. The Advisory Committee (and hopefully those attending the meeting) will be discussing the urban design and market sections of a brand new workbook that will be guiding the SEADIP updating process.

 

Fun event at the Colorado Lagoon! You should attend. We'll be there too.

colorado lagoon

Not all that long ago the Colorado Lagoon and Los Cerritos Wetlands were one and the same, part of a vast wetlands complex that stretched for miles in all directions from where the San Gabriel River meets the ocean.

And even though these two interesting eco-systems are now separated by homes, asphalt and roads, they share a common history and also a common future--their long-term restoration and rehabilitation. Some have gone as far as to call the Colorado Lagoon our "sister wetlands".

An important milestone has been reached in the history of the Colorado Lagoon, and that is the restoration of the western arm, and wow, it sure does look great! The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust will be celebrating this significant achievement with the Friends of the Colorado Lagoon
and other partners too on June 28th. Why don't you plan to join us and
toast this wonderful success story.

At the event you will learn further details about a long-term plan to connect the Colorado Lagoon to Alamitos Bay and on out to the ocean. We who support Los Cerritos Wetlands also envision a day when our wetlands will enjoy a closer connection to the ocean than we have right now.

 

Our meeting about the sea turtles of Los Cerritos Wetlands is this Wednesday.  Hope you will attend!

green sea turtle

It's coming up soon--a really special and unique evening event that we hope you will attend.  By now a lot of people have heard about the Pacific green sea turtles that make their home in the nearby San Gabriel River. Some have even been on one of our nature walks and caught a glimpse of a sea turtle. But how much do we really know about these exotic creatures?  Your chance to learn more about them is coming up this Wednesday.

We are excited because the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust's upcoming general meeting will feature Dan Lawson of NOAA and Dan Crear of Cal State University Long Beach as our keynote speakers.  These respected teachers and researchers will educate meeting attendees about  the habits and lifestyles of our interesting sea turtle population, so don't miss your chance to learn about our local Pacific green sea turtles. Get up to date as well about what the future is likely to hold for these fascinating creatures both locally and globally. 

Mark your calendars and plan to attend what will be a unique opportunity, a special and educational evening.

WHAT:  Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust General Meeting about our local sea turtles.

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Dan Lawson: Fisheries Biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries West Coast Region Protected Resources Division.

Dan works on a wide range of issues related to Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act policy, from coastal development to fisheries by-catch management.  He began regular observations of green sea turtles in the San Gabriel River in 2008, and has since been coordinating research and outreach efforts, involving government, academic, and community partners, on these turtles in the Long Beach/Seal Beach area

Dan Crear.  Graduate Student, Cal State Long Beach.  

Dan will discuss the results of the local Pacific Green sea turtle study.

Also at the meeting you will learn about the history of sea turtle research/conservation efforts in the San Gabriel River as well as about the Citizen Science Project and the future outlook for sea turtle research/management in our backyard.

Hope to see you on Wednesday, June 4th!  It will be an inspiring and informative evening.  

 

And, of course, after you have learned about our local sea turtles, you should go and see them.

Join us and our partners, biologists and environmental educators Taylor Parker and Eric Zahn, on a wonderful hike at Los Cerritos Wetlands on Saturday, June 7th.  Eric and Taylor will be leading us on a tour that will take us to the spot along the San Gabriel River where the sea turtles love to hang out.

For part of our tour we will view and discuss the Zedler marsh eco-system while keeping an eye out for local wildlife. And much of our walk will take us through the Signal Hill Petroleum oil operations where we will talk about the history of oil extraction and its impact on the wetlands.

We will wrap up by hiking along Calloway marsh, taking the PCH bridge over to the western levee and walking past city-owned wetlands and on past the Pumpkin Patch property.

 

The Pacific Green sea turtles of Los Cerritos Wetlands are something special.

green sea turtle

It's just amazing, isn't it, to think that our local wetlands are home to a rare and exotic creature such as the Pacific Green sea turtle.  And while it is true these turtles can travel great distances and are found all along the Pacific coasts of both California and Mexico, they are in fact an endangered species.  While they were once quite common, hunting, habitat displacement and pollution have sharply reduced the numbers of these fascinating creatures.  That's why it's so interesting that a group of Pacific Green sea turtles have taken up residence locally.

The turtles are always here, and that gives scientists and researchers a chance to study them and get to know them better. By understanding a creature, you can put into place systems and practices to protect it.

I urge you to mark your calendars and plan to attend what will be a very special and unique opportunity.  At our upcoming general meeting, you will get a chance to learn from experts about the ancient, yet fragile, Pacific Green sea turtle.  We are grateful that top researches in their field will be coming to talk to us and share with us their research and conclusions about our own, Los Cerritos Wetlands sea turtles.

So plan to join us.  It will be a unique and educational evening.

WHAT:  Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust General Meeting about our local sea turtles.

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Dan Lawson: Fisheries Biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries West Coast Region Protected Resources Division.

Dan works on a wide range of issues related to Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act policy, from coastal development to fisheries by-catch management.  He began regular observations of Green sea turtles in the San Gabriel River in 2008, and has since been coordinating research and outreach efforts, involving government, academic, and community partners, on Green turtles in the Long Beach/Seal Beach area

Dan Crear.  Graduate Student, Cal State Long Beach.  

Dan will discuss the interesting results of the local Pacific Green sea turtle study.

Also at the meeting you will learn about the history of sea turtle research/conservation efforts in the San Gabriel River as well as about the Citizen Science Project and the future outlook for sea turtle research/management in our backyard.

WHEN:  7:00PM,  Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

WHERE:  Kettering Elementary School

RSVP:  elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org or call 714/357-8576.

Hope to see you on Wednesday,  June 4th!

 

You have to check out this video about our local sea turtles.  It's amazing.

sea turtleVideo about our local sea turtles

Back a few months ago, KABC Channel 7 devoted an entire story to our local Los Cerritos Wetlands Pacific Green sea turtles.

I urge you to take a moment to check out this amazing story.  Not only will you see some really large and robust sea turtles, but you will also get to meet some great citizen volunteers who are monitoring the sea turtles in the San Gabriel River. Also featured in the story are Dan Lawson and Dan Crear who are confirmed speakers for our upcoming June 4th general meeting.

Pacific green sea turtles are interesting creatures who, once they are hatched on the beaches of Baja or elsewhere, launch themselves into the ocean and remain there, transported by the currents of the Pacific Ocean, for their entire lives.  The sea turtles have found their way into our local wetlands due to an extraordinary set of circumstances. Learn more at our meeting on June 4th

 

And, of course, after you have learned about our local sea turtles, you should go and see them.

Join us and our partners, biologists and environmental educators Taylor Parker and Eric Zahn, on a wonderful hike at Los Cerritos Wetlands on Saturday, June 7th.  Eric and Taylor will be leading us on a tour that will take us to the spot along the San Gabriel River where the sea turtles love to hang out.

For part of our tour we will view and discuss the Zedler marsh eco-system while keeping an eye out for local wildlife. And much of our walk will take us through the Signal Hill Petroleum oil operations where we will talk about the history of oil extraction and its impact on the wetlands.

We will wrap up by hiking along Calloway marsh, taking the PCH bridge over to the western levee and walking past city-owned wetlands and on past the Pumpkin Patch property.

WHAT: Turtle Trek at Los Cerritos Wetlands.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7th, at 8:00 am sharp! Parking lot gate will open at 7:45 am and close at 8:10 am. No late-comers can be admitted for the tour, and all participants must stay for the entire tour, which will end by 10:00 am.

WHERE:  Meet in the driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st Street and PCH in Seal Beach.  Please wear close-toed shoes; and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

RSVP:     Email Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net or call 714/357-8576.

 

The weather is cooler, which we hope means Los Cerritos Wetlands are safer.

fire ravaged Marketplace Marsh
The fire ravaged Marketplace Marsh portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach on Wednesday. Jeff Gritchen, OCRegister

After writing about Wednesday's fires at Los Cerritos Wetlands, I heard back from many of you expressing concern about the future of the burned-out land. And it is, indeed, demoralizing and overwhelming to look over what was once a vibrant marsh and thriving eco-system and see such a blackened and forlorn landscape. What was perhaps the most heartbreaking moment, one that symbolized all the destruction, was when I saw a red-winged blackbird fly past the charred land, where, I am told, many nests were ignited and baby birds were destroyed.

However, the good news is that over time the wetlands will recover. And with good data and good science, perhaps we can make the wetlands even better habitat and more fire-resistant.  For example I am told those palm trees, which are not native to the area, were a particularly troublesome part of the fire. 

Let's learn from this experience and move forward.  It sounds as if our partners in wetlands protection are ready to do that too.  Check out their thoughts below and stay tuned.  As we learn more about the plans to restore and rehabilitate this injured ecosystem, we will share them with you.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lambe

Executive Director

Los Cerritos Wetlands 

Land Trust

http://belmontshore.patch.com/

http://www.ocregister.com/

 

And speaking of protecting birds, here's some happier news.

Winged Wonders

Birds and wildlife know no boundaries.  They will make their home and try to survive in some of the most challenging of places, places like the urban ponds and wetlands of El Dorado Park.  And of course, the birds of El Dorado Park are also the birds of Los Cerritos Wetlands, as they most surely fly back and forth between these two big areas of green space.

However, it appears the birds of El Dorado Park can be loved a bit too much.  Park visitors, who perhaps don't know any better, feed them human food (which can make birds sick).  Visitors also leave around trash that the birds eat (which also makes them sick) and then some birds get tangled up in the fishing wire and hooks that get left behind when fishing wraps up at the end of the day.  Thankfully Long Beach City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, who has always been a staunch wetlands supporter, has commissioned educational signs for the duck pond area of El Dorado Park, and the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust is a proud co-sponsor of the effort. These artistic and compelling signs are being unveiled the last Saturday in May, and you are invited to check them out.  Cheers to Councilmember Schipske for leading the charge on what is a tricky problem to solve.

 

See the wetlands with your eyes, restore them with your hands and feel them in your heart. 

As we think about the next steps that must be taken to bring back to life the robust riparian habitat that was once the Marketplace Marsh, I take comfort from those around me that care as much as I do about protecting the fragile remaining fragments of our Southern California coastal wetlands.  We invite you to come on a wetlands walk with us, or join a community wetlandsrestoration event.  Or, do what I do, which is take comfort from inspiring words from my fellow activists. One of those inspiring activists is Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Board member and poet Steve McCord.  With my gratitude and with his permission I share with you his poem below.

As we think about the next steps that must be taken to bring back to life the robust riparian habitat that was once the Marketplace Marsh, I take comfort from those around me that care as much as I do about protecting the fragile remaining fragments of our Southern California coastal wetlands. We invite you to come on a wetlands walk with us, or join a community wetlands restoration event. Or, do what I do, which is take comfort from inspiring words from my fellow activists. One of those inspiring activists is Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Board member and poet Steve McCord. With my gratitude and with his permission I share with you his poem below.

Often it is essential to take off,
take a trip, take refuge
in the natural world, in the forests, the river valleys and estuaries;
take in the beauty, to take in the fragrance of the seashore.

I've taken solace in the tranquility,
I've been taking my comfort, I've been taking pictures.
But the wild places are being bulldozed, drilled and dredged,
dammed up, paved over and clear cut.

For many years all I could do was take out
my check book ... here, oh dedicated and hardworking faceless ones-
take my money and now stand guard over
that which I love so dearly.

I've been taking in the blessings of the natural world
for so long, I've been taken in by the natural world...
recruited, it seems, to answer the call,
to defend the defenseless-
our local Los Cerritos Wetlands;

now both calling and called
to protect and preserve
what is left!

 

Sad about the fire on Los Cerritos Wetlands. But thankful it was contained so quickly.

Los Cerritos Wetlands Fire

Los Cerritos Wetlands Aftermath

Earlier today a fire broke out on the Marketplace Marsh portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands. About 50 acres burned, and while we don't have all the details yet, it was possibly a man-made fire. Super hot weather, gusty winds, and perhaps an ill-intentioned human caused a great deal of trouble as local and county fire fighters fought to bring the blaze under control. And while the damage this fire caused is terrible, we are thankful that, as far as we know now, none of the nearby structures were seriously harmed, nor were any people.

Precautionary evacuations of the Marketplace and the SeaPort Marina Hotel took place, and all these common-sense measures seemed to have good protective results. We don't know much, but what we do know you can find in the links below.

A heartfelt thanks to all those fire fighters, law enforcement professionals as well as ordinary citizens who protected lives, property and our fragile local wetlands. All of us who live in and care about South East Long Beach are grateful.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lambe
Executive Director
Los Cerritos Wetlands
Land Trust.

http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140514/los-cerritos-wetlands-fire-mostly-knocked-down

http://www.gazettes.com/news/breaking-long-beach-firefighters-work-to-contain-los-cerritos-wetlands/article_e38079ca-db91-11e3-a52d-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fire-614160-wetlands-center.html

http://www.lbreport.com/

http://belmontshore.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/brush-fire-breaks-out-near-hotel-burns-near-oil-fields-wetlands?ncid=newsltuspatc00000003

 

 

Our next hike of Los Cerritos Wetlands is Saturday, May 3rd. You should join us.

Join us and our partners, Tidal Influence, for a walk in Los Cerritos Wetlands on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 .

 We will be touring Marketplace Marsh, a piece of the wetlands owned by the City of Long Beach.  During this 2-mile urban hike, tour leaders will discuss the history of land acquisitions in Los Cerritos Wetlands and show us some freshwater marsh habitat that few people have viewed.  Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at how wetlands and oil operations co-exist at Los Cerritos Wetlands.

WHAT:    Heron Hike around the Marketplace Marsh at Los Cerritos Wetlands.

WHEN:    Saturday, May 3rd, at 8:00 am sharp! Parking lot gate will open at 7:45 am and close at 8:10 am. No late-comers can be admitted for the tour, and all participants must stay for the entire tour, which will end by 9:45 am.

WHERE:  Meet in the driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st Street and PCH in Seal Beach. There will be signs. Close-toed shoes are best and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. View map.

RSVP:      Email Elizabeth at ejlambe@verizon.net.

For more information or to download a hike flyer visit our website.

After our nature walk wraps up, there will be an opportunity to join in and help:  The Aquarium of the Pacific's Los Cerritos Wetlands Habitat Restoration will be from 10:30am -12:30pm.  Restoration will focus on non-native weed removal and rare native plant conservation. This event is led by trained naturalists and local educators, offering a great opportunity for local citizens to learn more about the Los Cerritos Wetlands, while getting hands-on involvement with the restoration.  The restoration meeting place is the same place we meet for our hikes.  Close-toed shoes are required, and please bring sunscreen and water. Participants are eligible to win prizes such as a T-shirt or tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific.  For more information or to rsvp email iwanttohelp@tidalinfluence.com.

And speaking of enjoying and learning about nature. . .

 

On Sunday, June 15th you are invited to kayak Los Cerritos Wetlands with us.

Kayak Wetlands

On Sunday, June 15th, 2014, join us for a kayak trip to the Steamshovel Slough portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands.

We meet at the Leeway Sailing Center at 9:00 am, and kayak across Alamitos Bay to Steamshovel Slough, which is a wetlands area still privately owned. 

Steamshovel Slough is a remarkable watery area of Los Cerritos Wetlands that is one of the most pristine wetlands in Southern California.  Just FYI, you have to be in good enough shape to paddle a few miles to Steamshovel Slough and back, but we are never in a rush, and we stop along the way to check out the Jack Dunster Marine Reserve.

If you are interested in joining us on June 15th  for wetlands kayaking, send an email toejlambe@verizon.net or call 714/357-8576.  Cost per person to attend the trip is $13.00 cash, to be paid directly to Leeway to cover kayak, life jacket and paddle rental.