More than 100 volunteers from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, The Boeing Company and the California Native Plant Society joined with Los Angeles World Airports personnel July 13 to remove invasive vegetation from coastal dunes in Playa del Rey.
The plant removal was done in preparation for a large-scale restoration effort planned this fall for the Los Angeles International Airport Dunes Preserve area just north of Sandpiper Street, between the west side of LAX and the beach. The volunteers focused only on removing ground cover plants such as ice plants due to nesting season being in place, airport spokesman Marshall Lowe said.
The Coastal Dunes Improvement Project is the first major restoration effort conducted in the 48-acre site since it was rezoned for nature preserve uses in 1994 by the city of Los Angeles, Lowe said. Airport officials note that the restoration of the LAX dunes is part of the overall effort to achieve sustainability at LAX.
All major restoration in the 307-acre coastal dunes area is overseen by LAWA’s Environmental Services Division and the California Coastal Commission. LAWA also coordinates with other governmental agencies and the public to guide restoration activities.
The Coastal Dunes Improvement Project design team consists of a civil engineer, an environmental specialist and a restoration ecologist.