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     The following organizations have stepped forward to provide assistance to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority toward its goal of preserving and restoring the Wetlands. Click on the organization name to link to its website.

1. Aquarium of the Pacific
     We're fortunate to have one of the country's great aquariums nearby, and to have it as a partner. Activities and resources of the Aquarium extend beyond exhibits and include the following:

  •  The Aquarium continues its once-a-month citizen science project to monitor a population of green sea turtles living in the San Gabriel River in Long Beach. The Aquarium has partnered with representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, LCWA, Tidal Influence, and California State University, Long Beach for this project. For more information, click here.
  • The Pacific Teacher Resources site states, " Here you will find everything you might need to help you bring the ocean and hands-on science into your classroom."
  • The Marine Conservation Research Institute connects the scientific community with the public by providing information about ocean-related issues and research.

2. El Dorado Audubon
     El Dorado Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society which meets at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach.
      The chapter conducts bird walks in the area that bring leaders to teach people about the importance of wetlands. Topics include history, plants, animals, and ecology; and stress the importance of the connectivity between the San Gabriel River, Los Cerritos Wetlands, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge and Bolsa Chica Wetlands.
     For more information visit the El Dorado Audubon website.

3. Into the Los Cerritos Wetlands
     The Into Los Cerritos Wetlands website is an important complement to the LCWA website. It contains extensive information about the Conceptual Restoration Plan (CRP) for the Los Cerritos Wetlands.
      The CRP was funded by grants from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the State Coastal Conservancy. A consultant was selected, a Technical Advisory Committee, made up of local, state and federal agencies was created. A series of six public workshops was held to get feedback from the public. Finally, a series of six reports were issued.
     Details of the Conceptual Restoration Plan, and the process by which it was developed, are available at the Into the Los Cerritos Wetlands website.

4. Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust of Long Beach and Seal Beach is committed to:

  • Facilitating the purchase of acreage for sale in Los Cerritos Wetlands.
  • Reconnecting and restoring the estuary remnants.
  • Providing a beautiful setting for generations of families to discover the wonders of this one-of-a-kind environment.
  • Permanently protecting this precious resource before it is gone forever.

To accomplish those goals the Land Trust does or has done the following:

  • It conducts guided nature walks followed by habitat restoration in the wetlands on the first Saturday each month beginning at 8 am.. The public is welcome to participate. Click here to download a 2-page flyer with details. It also conducts kayak tours. Click here for information on the kayak tours.
  • It has donated funds to the LCWA Stewardship Program in order to continue the monthly public wetland restoration events through December 2014.
  • It has helped the LCWA achieve its mission of restoring wetlands by expanding the Stewardship Program into nearby sites such as the Colorado Lagoon.

5. Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards
     The Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards, Inc is an independent group whose mission is the long-term protection and enhancement of the Los Cerritos Wetlands. With the aid of grants the Stewards have created a Stewardship Program, a community-oriented program focused on wetlands education, community building, and service-learning through stewardship and conservation activities.
     Click here to see the schedule of its activities {which include a Monthly Trash Cleanup, Guided Walk, and Habitat Restoration} to which the public is invited.

6. Save Our Beach
     Save Our Beach recruits volunteers and conducts cleanups of beaches, rivers and wetlands in Long Beach and Seal Beach. Currently Save Our Beach is not sponsoring the cleanup events at Los Cerritos Wetlands, but they are expected to resume in the near future on the 2nd Fridays of each month. For more information, please visit Save Our Beach.

7. Signal Hill Petroleum
     Along with many other concerned partners Signal Hill Petroleum is working collaboratively to successfully implement the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewardship Program and help return 66 acres of habitat to the wild. The Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewardship Program enlists volunteers to assist in the first restoration project for these long neglected wetlands. A variety of activities are conducted by the volunteers:

• Collection of southern tarplant seeds
• Removal of non-native plants
• Removal of brush and debris

     As of February 2010 more than 200 volunteers in 400 volunteer hours had collected more than a quarter ton of trash. Signal Hill Petroleum provides the necessary resources and facilities for these clean-up events. "We will continue to do our part and invite you to participate in one of these upcoming public restoration events."

8. Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (SCWRP)
     SCWRP is a broad-based partnership, chaired by the California Resources Agency and supported by the State Coastal Conservancy, that has public agencies, non-profits, scientists, and local communities working cooperatively to acquire and restore rivers, streams, and wetlands in coastal southern California.
      In 2011 SCWRP awarded $25,000 to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust for a project titled, "Zedler Marsh Meadows and Hellman Lowlands Restoration Project at Los Cerritos Wetlands."

9. Tidal Influence
    Tidal Influence is a Long Beach-based environmental advising group formed by Eric Zahn and Taylor Parker to study and document southern California’s coastal habitats. The chief mission of Tidal Influence is to assist agencies, municipalities, and local interest groups with attaining their coastal habitat conservation goals. Tidal Influence’s principal focus is on coastal salt marshes.

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