The Friends of Ballona Wetlands environmental group partnered with more than 150 employees from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Los Angeles operations earlier this month for coastal cleanup efforts as part of the ninth annual Sony Global Volunteer Day.

The wetlands restoration group worked with Sony Pictures employees July 2nd to remove invasive plants from the Ballona Dunes area and to maintain a network of trails and an educational area.

A second Sony group spent the day removing debris from the beach where Ballona Creek meets the Pacific Ocean during the coastal cleanup.

“At Sony Pictures, we believe we have a responsibility to give back to the communities in which we work and the world that we all share,” said Janice Pober, senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“The participation of so many employees for our ninth Volunteer Day is testament to how strongly we view this commitment.”

The Ballona Wetlands represent some of the last undeveloped areas in the Los Angeles area and are unique to the area around Playa del Rey. The wetlands currently operate at about one-fourth their natural capacity, but still function as an important haven for migratory birds and other wildlife and serve as a link between coastal land areas and the ocean, according to Friends of Ballona Wetlands.

“We are thrilled that so many employees from Sony Pictures came out to donate their time and to share their passion for restoration with our organization,” said Kelly Rose, Friends of Ballona programs director.

“The contributions made by this group provided needed repairs to our outdoor classroom areas and will help the native plants and wildlife of the Ballona Dunes to flourish for years to come.”

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