Maintenance has begun on native plant landscaping surrounding a popular neighborhood pathway at the northwest perimeter of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and adjacent to Playa del Rey, airport officials announced.

Volunteers from the California Conservation Corps and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, with the support of airport employees, will perform the restoration work which is expected to be completed in December.

The California Coastal Commission approved the project scope.

The pathway is located on airport property adjacent to the LAX dunes and private residences that run along Waterview Street, Rindge Avenue and Napoleon Street, between Pershing Drive and Vista del Mar in Playa del Rey. At the urging of the local neighborhood, Los Angeles World Airports developed the pathway in 2003 out of an undeveloped swath of land outside the airport perimeter fence that runs from Pershing Drive to the beach at Vista del Mar.

“The Waterview-Rindge-Napoleon Pathway Maintenance Project is a great example of the local community and LAWA working together to improve this neighborhood amenity,” said Michael Feldman, deputy executive director of the Los Angeles World Airports Facilities Management Group. “This project also provides work and job training for young people, which is also an important community benefit.”

The multi-phase project calls for manually removing non-native plants near the pathway or cutting down bushes to a stump if removal of the roots will disrupt native plants; long-term integrated weed control with herbicides and installation of black plastic; and planting of new native plants.

Non-native plants pose a threat to this habitat by competing with native plants, airport officials noted. As part of the landscaping, certified airport staff will apply herbicide with paintbrush-style applicators to cut stumps on Thursday, Sept. 23. They added that although the herbicide is safe for animals and humans, as an extra precaution, the affected path areas will be closed for several hours that day while the herbicide is applied and dries.

The California Coastal Commission, local environmentalists, LAWA and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps worked together to identify targeted plants for this ecological zone. The Coastal Commission recommended non-native plant cover be kept below the 20-percent level to ensure recovery of healthy native plants.