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Upcoming Guided Nature Walk

Heron Hike

What: Heron Hike

When: Saturday May 3rd, 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 discuss the history of newly acquired wetlands and view Marketplace marsh. We will then walk around on oil roads, walk towards the levee and discuss the reintroduction of the tides. After that we will walk to the old bridge on the levee and discuss the San Gabriel River and the future of bringing water back into the land before we head back to our meeting place, all the while keeping a lookout for Belding’s Savannah Sparrows.

We will complete our walk by heading back along the access to the parking. Bring binoculars, if you have them, we will observe many different kinds of interesting wildlife.

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

Join us on a nature walk of Los Cerritos Wetlands this Saturday, April 5th.

Hellman part of Los Cerritos Wetlands
Winter is over; the days are getting warmer; it's time to get outside and enjoy our local wetlands. 

Join us and our partners, biologists and environmental educators Taylor Parker and Eric Zahn, on a wonderful hike of Los Cerritos Wetlands this Saturday, April 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, April 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 .

 

Would you like to help restore our local wetlands?

planting in wetlands

On the first Saturday of every month, right after our nature walk (like the one described above) you and anyone you know are invited to participate in our community based restoration program.  You don't need any special skills, just a good attitude and a willingness to donate a little "elbow grease" to improving Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Why don't you give it a try?  It's a fun and easy way to make a difference.

WHAT:   Community Based Wetlands Restoration

WHEN:10:30AM to 12:30PM, Saturday, April 5th 2014

WHERE:  Meet in the driveway/parking area on the corner of 1st Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Seal Beach.

Wear close-toed shoes, and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them.

For further information or to rsvp, emailiwanttohelp@tidalinfluence.com.

Did you know that mustard, an invasive plant introduced many years ago in California, is all over Los Cerritos Wetlands, especially in the Hellman portion?  There will likely be mustard planteradication going on this Saturday, and you can be a part of it! This kind of mustard is a bad plant for Los Cerritos Wetlands.  It crowds out fragile native plants, and must be removed!

 

The first SEADIP Community Advisory Meeting was super interesting.

South East Area Development

The City of Long Beach hosted their first Community Advisory Meeting for the new South East Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP) earlier this week.  It was inspiring to see a diverse group of people representing land owners, community members and environmental interests gathered together to begin the discussion of how best to update the zoning for this area.  The event was carried live by LBReport.com.  Also on LBReport.com is a great article about that inaugural advisory committee meeting, including a history of controversial developments that have been proposed for within the SEADIP area over the years.  A map of the SEADIP area is below and, as you can see, Los Cerritos Wetlands are, indeed, the heart of SEADIP.

Another great resource is the City of Long Beach website that has it's own separate page about the SEADIP updating process.  You can even sign up for emails about upcoming meetings and other important information.  I urge you to sign up and be a part of this important and historic effort. 

Did you know that the current zoning for the SEADIP area was created in 1977?  Wow, that was a really long time ago and does not reflect what we now know about the importance of protecting wetlands.  How to protect Los Cerritos Wetlands while also updating the zoning will be the main question for the SEADIP Citizens Advisory Committee to consider in the coming months and years as the process moves forward. I urge you to weigh in by attending meetings and signing up for SEADIP updating emails in order to educate yourself about this important process that will have an enduring impact on Los Cerritos Wetlands.

And....speaking of the future of the SEADIP area, the primary nominating election for Long Beach is Tuesday, April 8th . There are 5 candidates running to represent the 3rd District on the City Council and since most of Los Cerritos Wetlands is located within the 3rd district it will matter who that City Council member will be. Check out the views of candidates Stephen Bello, Jim Lewis, Martha Flores-Gibson, Jack Rosenberg and Suzie Price on important wetlands related issues on our website at www.lcwlandtrust.org.

 

We are super-excited about our upcoming annual meeting. We hope you will make plans to join us.

Ballot Box

It's hard to miss the fact that election season is here in Long Beach. There have been lots of mailers, yard signs and, yes, candidate forums.  But until now, there has never been a candidate forum about issues relating to the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands.  This year there will be, and it will happen at our upcoming annual meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  It's not an exaggeration to say that the next 4 to 8 years will be critical ones for Los Cerritos Wetlands. There will be many issues that will require thoughtful City Council leadership:  the plan to update the zoning of the lands in and around Los Cerritos Wetlands, that newly proposed big development at the corner of 2nd Street and PCH, planning for the restoration and rehabilitation of Los Cerritos Wetlands, and more.  Those are just some of the unique opportunities and threats steaming forward, so we need leadership in the 3rd District (where most of Los Cerritos Wetlands are located) to help guide and steward this important natural resource.

That's why we are so excited that all 5 candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant 3rd District City Council seat have agreed to speak at our upcoming member meeting. With the primary nominating election coming up soon (April 8th), providing the public and our members with a chance to hear and meet 3rd District Council candidates Stephen BelloJim LewisMartha Flores-GibsonJack Rosenberg and Suzie Price is a timely opportunity. We hope you think so too and will plan to join us.

Our Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Board of Directors election comes first and should not take long; then 3rd District City Council candidates will each have 5 minutes to talk to meeting attendees about their views on issues regarding the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands. 

  • WHAT:    Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Annual Membership Meeting 
  • WHEN:    Tuesday, March 25th at 7:00 PM sharp 
  • WHERE:  Kettering Elementary School 550 Silvera Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803
  • WHO:      Candidates for Long Beach's 3rd District City Council seat as well as candidates for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Board of Directors.

For more information or to rsvp, contact Elizabeth Lambe at Elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org.

 

Oh, and one more thing.  All the 3rd District Council candidates were kind enough to fill out a questionnaire about issues relating to Los Cerritos Wetlands.  You can find them at

www.lcwlandtrust.org

 

SEADIP updating, an important process that will likely impact our community for years, is about to begin.

SEADIP

Those of us who care about the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands are weary of one inappropriate development proposal after another that would impact our local wetlands. It seems as if, without fail, every few years a large and harmful-to-wetlands development is proposed. The latest proposal (details have just been released) is for a large retail project on the corner of 2nd Street and PCH.  We think the reason for these unending and potentially exploitative development proposals is that the zoning for the area is really old and therefore ignored by everyone.  We believe that is going to change because a process to update the zoning for the area, known as SEADIP, is beginning.  It's 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 input from the Coastal Commission.  To be successful, new zoning will also need lots of input from the community.

My exciting news is that the kick-off meeting for the Community Advisory Committee for the updating updating process is this Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30PM at the Golden Sails Hotel. And while there are still a lot of unknowns, the fact this important updating process has finally begun is noteworthy and creates an important milestone.  Wednesday's 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.

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.

 

Our annual member meeting is Tuesday,  March 25th.

Dear Friend of Los Cerritos Wetlands,

My email from yesterday had the incorrect day of the week in it for our upcoming annual member meeting.

Our annual member meeting will be on Tuesday, March 25th.  Details are below with the correct date.

Candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant 3rd District City Council will be speaking at our upcoming member meeting and we thank them in advance for their time.  With the Primary Nominating Election coming up soon (April 8th), providing the public and our members with a chance to hear and meet 3rd District Council candidates Stephen BelloJim LewisMartha Flores-GibsonJack Rosenberg andSuzie Price is a timely opportunity. We hope you think so too and will plan to join us.

WHAT: Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Annual Membership Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Kettering Elementary School 

550 Silvera Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803

WHO: Candidates for Long Beach's 3rd District City Council seat as well as candidates for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Trust Board of Directors.

Our Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust board of directors election comes first and should not take long; then 3rd District City Council candidates will each have 5 minutes to talk to meeting attendees about their views on issues regarding the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands.  

I look forward to seeing you at our Tuesday, March 25th meeting.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lambe

Executive Director

Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust