The Westchester-Playa Democratic Club will host a public forum on the Annenberg Foundation’s proposed nature center and the state’s restoration plan for the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26 in the Bristol Hall Room of IHOP restaurant in Westchester.
Guest speakers will include Marcia Hanscom, executive director of the Playa del Rey-based Ballona Institute, Robert “Roy” van de Hoek, science director and president of the Wetlands Defense Fund, and Dr. Margot Griswold, senior restoration ecologist at NewFields Environmental Resources.
These environmental organizations and other groups are in opposition to the Annenberg Foundation’s proposal to build a 46,000-square foot facility that will house an auditorium, classrooms, a public lobby, exhibits on wildlife and domestic animals, facilities for an animal adoption and care program and veterinary facilities for animals near Area C of the wetlands off Culver Boulevard.
They also stand in opposition to a plan by the state Coastal Conservancy and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to refurbish the wetlands, which they say will be detrimental to the wetlands’ ecosystem.
The environmental impact report for the Ballona Wetlands restoration has not been released yet.
IHOP Restaurant is at 8600 Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. Parking is available in the restaurant lot.
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