Past Stories
Volunteers remove ice plant from the Ballona Wetlands during 
a Friends of Ballona Restoration Day event
Photo courtesy of Lisa Fimiani

Killing Plants to Save the Wetlands

Groups seek permission to remove invasive ice plants from three acres of Ballona in Playa del Rey By Gary Walker Volunteers remove ice plant from the Ballona Wetlands duringa Friends of Ballona Restoration Day eventPhoto court...


Mayor James Butts at 
Inglewood City Hall. 
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

First and Goal

Mayor James Butts atInglewood City Hall.Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr. By Gary Walker When James Butts became mayor of Inglewood in 2010, the former Santa Monica police chief took over a city in search of cultural and economic m...


Ballona Institute Appeals Marina Hotel Project

A Playa del Rey environmental group has appealed the L.A. County Regional Planning Commission’s unanimous July 22 decision to approve a new hotel complex in Marina del Rey, claiming the project received a “haphazard environ...



A Great Blue Heron convention in the Ballona Wetlands 
Photo by Jonathan Coffin

Where the Wild Things Are

Natural open spaces are ours to lose when we fail to pay attention By William Hicks A Great Blue Heron convention in the Ballona WetlandsPhoto by Jonathan Coffin The Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey is the last remaining coa...


Judith Lewis Mernit revels in the astonishing existence of the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey
Photo by Hank Cherry

Into the Wild

Judith Lewis Mernit brings the environment home By Joe Donnelly Judith Lewis Mernit revels in the astonishing existence of the Ballona Wetlands in Playa del ReyPhoto by Hank Cherry In the southwestern corner of the Ballona We...


Karina Johnston leads the Bay Foundation’s scientific assessment and monitoring program for the Ballona Wetlands and other watershed areas

Interview: A Crucial Moment for Wetlands

The Bay Foundation’s Karina Johnston on the health of L.A.’s watershed and what we can do about it Karina Johnston leads the Bay Foundation’s scientific assessment and monitoring program for the Ballona Wetlands and othe...



Photo by Patrick Tyrell

Back from the brink

Human efforts have given several threatened or endangered species a fighting chance in the Ballona Wetlands El Segundo Blue Butterfly Photo by Patrick Tyrell A federally designated endangered species, the El Segundo Blue Butt...


State officials now say it could be the middle of 
next year before they release their Ballona Wetlands restoration plans
Photo by Lisa Fimiani

After Annenberg departure, more waiting

Plans for restoring the Ballona Wetlands are delayed once again with loss of funding for nature center By Gary Walker State officials now say it could be the middle ofnext year before they release their Ballona Wetlands restor...


Annenberg suspends $50-million Ballona involvement

Controversial plans to build a 46,000-square-foot environmental education center in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve have apparently been shelved, with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announcing late Tuesd...



A female El Segundo Blue deposits her eggs in the flowers of a buckwheat plant. Photo by Patrick Tyrell

Endangered species flutters against the odds

A female El Segundo Blue deposits her eggs in the flowers of a buckwheat plant. Photo by Patrick Tyrell Despite drought-related setbacks, habitat restoration work has the tiny El Segundo Blue Butterfly bouncing back in the Bal...






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