Ballona Wetlands Land Trust

The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust, founded in 1994, is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the acquisition, restoration and preservation of the entire Ballona Wetlands ecosystem. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate in creating a world-class wildlife refuge and public park. The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust has over 3,000 members and seven directors on its board.

Though many locals had fought for years to stave off development on Ballona, a number of them were willing to accept building on a large part of the land in exchange for restoration of a small part of the wetlands. The Land Trust held to higher expectations and led community-organizing efforts that helped facilitate: 

  • The legislation transferring the 73-acre parcel, known as Ballona Northeast, into the public trust for permanent protection. Our community organizing resulted in over 6,000 hand-written letters sent to Senator Bowen– the most she had received on any issue during her time in office;
  • The public acquisition of 600 acres of the Ballona Wetlands ecosystem (west of Lincoln Blvd. and north of Ballona Creek)
  • The continued interim restoration of the 600 acres of the Ballona Ecological Reserve, started in December 2004, by Tom Francis.

1. Educate the community about the impacts of the proposed Playa Vista development project and the value of coastal wetlands ecosystems and of open space.

2. Educate the public on the importance of a Natural Treatment Wetland at Ballona Southeast (East of Lincoln and South of Jefferson) which is currently privately owned and threatened with development.

3. Organize the community in speaking out to our elected officials and the media.

4. Raise the capital necessary to facilitate the acquisition of Ballona Southeast from the Development Company in order to preserve and protect it for future generations. We are working to identify and secure city, state and federal funds.

5. Ensure that existing laws are followed by both the Development Company and our elected officials and work to foster and protect laws that protect the environment.

Contact Ballona Wetlands Land Trust

PO Box 5623
Playa del Rey, California  90296-5623
Phone: (310) 264-9458
Fax: (310) 399-2920


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