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Los Cerritos Wetlands, Gum Grove Park & Heron Pointe Cultural Education Center

Updated 7/26/16
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Driving South on Studebaker Road heading toward 2nd/Westminster...


On the right hand side, or West side of the road you see what appears to be a field of "weeds"...


If you crossed this "weed field" you would see it is just a narrow heap of what appears to be waste cement with bushes and weeds growing around it.

Los Cerritos Wetlands "Steam Shovel Slough", 7/9/16

Would you ever imagine hidden away from public view
behind this screen of piled cement pieces and weeds is this?

Very few know an actual wetlands exists among the oil fields in Southeast Long Beach.  Steam Shovel Slough is a type of tidal salt marsh, a finger or secondary channel off the Los Cerritos Channel, left in it's natural state.  Much of the Long Beach/Seal Beach area around the mouth of the San Gabriel River near the Pacific Ocean (Alamitos Bay) probably looked very similar before oil operations, development and river channelization.

Steam Shovel Slough (pronounced "slew") is the largest of only two functioning marshes left in Los Cerritos wetlands.  The second is Zedler Marsh located on the East side of the San Gabriel River South of 2nd/Westminster.  There is an effort to restore over 500 acres of "degraded" wetlands in this area.   

"Steam Shovel Slough", 7/9/16

Steam Shovel Slough 6/28/09, Los Cerritos Wetlands, Studebaker Rd & power plant in the background

Steam Shovel Slough, 7/9/16

I've combined Gum Grove Park and Heron Pointe Cultural Education Center on this page along with Los Cerritos Wetlands as both border the wetlands "Hellman Property" Seal Beach side of the restoration area.  You can walk at this public nature park and have a good view of the wetlands property.  Heron Pointe self guided interpretive trail gives great insight to the history of the area and Native Americans who once lived there.  Note at this time the wetlands properties are only accessible to the public by docent lead events held by various organizations.  Read on for more info, pictures and videos of the wetlands and adjacent nature park. 

Please note clicking any blue underlined text on this page will open another web page with supporting info.  Click the pictures to enlarge.  If you would like to support the restoration effort learn more at the Save Los Cerritos Wetlands page.

Zedler Marsh, Los Cerritos Wetlands East of the San Gabriel, 7-12-08

Zedler Marsh, 9/25/10, 1-1/2 yrs after restoration program began

Zedler Marsh, the second remaining marsh formed from tides washing in from a culvert through the bank of the San Gabriel River, much smaller than Steam Shovel Slough but still nice.  Like the slough, this is a nesting spot for the endangered Belding's Savannah Sparrow which only nests in the pickleweed seen growing around the marsh.  This marsh sits on the  property North of the Hellman Ranch property which extends to Gum Grove Park in Seal Beach. 

Many seasonal ponds, brackish ponds or vernal pools are also found throughout the various wetlands properties.  Some ponds remain even during the warmer seasons.

Fish (topsmelt) in Zedler Marsh, 9/25/10 (click pic to enlarge)

Zedler Marsh (pickleweed in the foreground) 9/25/10

Zedler Marsh, 9/25/10

Zedler Marsh, 9/25/10

Since Los Cerritos Wetlands is not publically accessible at this time, a little more about the nature park adjacent to the wetlands that are open to the public, Heron Pointe Cultural Education Center and Gum Grove Park.  Not only does this park and public trail provide recreation in a natural setting full of wildlife (see the observation list on the "wildlife" link), but both also serves as a small "open space buffer zone" adjacent to the wetlands which we'll discuss later on this page. 

First we will mention Heron Pointe Cultural Education Center between the Heron Pointe homes and Los Cerritos Wetlands Hellman Ranch area.  It is a nice path landscaped with California native plants and has a series of interesting interpretive signs (see a few examples in the pics below), a self guided tour with great info on what this area used to be.

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Click photo to enlarge, sign at Heron Pointe Cultural Educational Center

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Click picture to enlarge. Another Heron Pointe display describing the wetlands that was once here.

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Click picture to enlarge. One of ten plaques at Heron Pointe, formerly Landing Hill.

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A small wetlands restoration area at Heron Pointe. Click picture to enlarge.

The three pictures above are just a few examples of the many interpretive plaques you will find at Heron Pointe Education Center, located near Seal Beach Blvd. behind the Heron Pointe homes and on the East side of the Hellman Ranch Property and Gum Grove Park. 

The picture on the left is a small wetlands restoration called "Hellman Wetlands" behind the Heron Pointe homes and at the end of the Heron Pointe Cultural Education Center walk.  A video posted on You Tube gives a tour with a good narration of Heron Point and Hellman Wetlands.

This was sort of a mitigation project for sacred land loss at Landing Hill for the Heron Pointe homes project I understand.  Landing Hill is an archaeological site along with nearby
Puvungna (CSULB) and Bolsa Chica's cogstone site.  A good description of what is found here at Heron Pointe (Landing Hill) is described in Pacific Coast Archaeological Society's January 2008 newsletter, on page 1.  Pictures of artifacts found at Landing Hill are on page 5 of the newsletter (note this document has been removed from the internet, currently we're looking for it--also see the Google Book on this topic, click here).  Hellman Ranch (which also includes Landing Hill and Gum Grove) is referred to by Native Americans as Puvungna East

Next is Gum Grove Park, a narrow nature park sitting between the Seal Beach homes and the South side of the Hellman Ranch area of Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Not so many native plants here, I do wish the city would implement a native plant restoration.  Also the homes are very close to what will be a future body of water.  Landscape water runoff is well documented as a biological hazard to watersheds but proper gardening and watering techniques can help prevent this.

Gum Grove Park

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Gum Grove Park, 4/20/08

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Gum Grove Park view of Los Cerritos Wetlands, 4/20/08

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Gum Grove Park, 4/20/08

Gum Grove Park is a very good bird and wildlife watching spot.  Guided bird/nature walks are held on a regular basis.  For more info see visit El Dorado Audubon's events page.  Many mammals are also found in the park such as skunk, rabbits, coyotes, possums and racoons, I have a few wildlife pictures on my Gum Grove Park & Heron Pointe Wildlife page.  Gum Grove Park is located in the City of Seal Beach at Crestview & Avalon Drive and is open from dawn to dusk.  Parking is available at no charge.  To visit Heron Pointe Cultural Educational Center, park in the Gum Grove lot, walk through Gum Grove toward Seal Beach Blvd., just before Seal Beach Blvd. you will see a sign pointing to the Heron Pointe path on left.  See the Google Map at the end of this page for directions to Gum Grove.

Now back to the Los Cerritos Wetlands, which is sometimes referred to as "the Long Beach wetlands".  First we'll take a closer look at Steam Shovel Slough...

Snake at Gum Grove Park (click the picture to see more wildlife photos)


First let's note a few legal facts:  Los Cerritos Wetlands lies in the Coastal Zone, protected by a number of laws including the California Coastal Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.  Any project, including restoration, also falls under CEQA (if you are not familar with that process click here).  It seems a number of other laws exist that might also apply, see the EPA's website under "wetlands", "Oceans, Coasts and Estuaries" and "Watersheds".  Los Cerritos Wetlands is mentioned in Long Beach's LCP (Local Coastal Program), SEADIP section as part of the Coastal Act, Long Beach's Draft Sustainable City Action Plan and it's described as Reach 7 in the San Gabriel River Corridor Master Plan on page 121, chapter 3, section 3.6.7.  SEADIP is currently in process of update, now in the Draft EIR stage as of July 2016, the name has changed to SEASP.  See the City of Long Beach SEASP page and also see our Save Los Cerritos Wetlands page for more info. 


I'm not an expert in wetlands restoration, but it appears Steam Shovel Slough wouldn't need as much work as many of the other areas in the restoration plan.  It is separated from the Southern portion of the area referred to as "upper Bixby" on the old Moffatt & Nichol Draft Report Los Cerritos Wetlands Conceptual Restoration Plan (page 7) by a "berm" and has a strip of land between the slough and the Los Cerritos Channel where no oil operations exist.  A current Final Conceptual Restoration Plan was recently released and Long Beach is updating the zoning for this area (SEASP)--see the Save Los Cerritos Wetlands page for more info.  There are no established trails at the slough, many native plants do exist here but it is in need of a little non-native invasive plant (weed) removal.  Regular trash cleanup is done by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards.  The "upper Bixby" area South of Steam Shovel/North of 2nd & PCH (Now owned by Synergy Oil) is where all the oil operations are located and therefore needs more work, it would benefit from oil well relocation and slant drilling techniques and I would guess possible removal of contaminated soils from the oil operations--if done carefully to preserve this historical piece of marsh.  Synergy Oil who owns this land is in process of doing all this, see the Save Los Cerritos Wetlands page for more info. 

Steam Shovel Slough, 7/9/16


Los Cerritos Wetlands lies in the Pacific Flyway, a natural migration path of many bird species, several which are endangered are known to inhabit Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Amazing the Steam Shovel Slough section of the wetlands has remained and continues to be a functional pristine habitat regardless of all the development and oil operations around it, already in place before environmental protection laws were enacted.  Today these protection laws apply whether or not the property is privately owned. 

Egrets, Steam Shovel Slough (click pic to enlarge)

Coyote, center of the pic (click picture to enlarge), Steam Shovel Slough

It is important to note there are many benefits of wetlands on a larger scale.  These benefits include an important natural flood buffer zone, carbon sequestration and fish habitat (preventing the declining numbers of fish populations that are a food source for people) and other economic benefits.  A wetlands needs a complete ecosystem, a balance of native plants, birds, mammals, fish, shellfish, etc. which there is plenty of evidence our two remaining marshes at Los Cerritos wetlands does in fact have.




Racoon tracks

Now to take a closer look at the habitat evidence found at Steam Shovel.  Literally hundreds of animal dens, burrows and fresh tracks surround Steam Shovel Slough.  These pictures were taken between the slough and the Los Cerritos Channel, coincidentally this is the darkest corner of the wetlands at night and the most secluded from the oil operations in "upper Bixby" along 2nd Street.  Seen in these pictures, coyote and racoon tracks, literally thousands of tracks everywhere.  Clams and snails are visible in the Los Cerritos Channel and many different birds are seen everywhere.  Pickleweed grows around Steam Shovel Slough.  This area is also an important habitat for the endangered Belding's Savannah Sparrow.

Close up of coyote track

Trails of coyote and other animal tracks




Pictured above (click pics to enlarge):

Along the banks of Steam Shovel Slough (and Los Cerritos Channel near Steam Shovel) there is plenty of evidence that clams, mussels and crabs live in these waters and it appears they have been eaten by sea birds and maybe mammals.  This demonstrates a food web exists here, Steam Shovel is an important food source for the birds and wildlife.

You may have heard about efforts to further develop the land surrounding the wetlands.  Now we’ll take a look at the reason why we don’t want to do this.  The lighting at night alone is of major concern which we have demonstrated below.



The picture above left is looking out over the slough toward the Southern portion of "upper Bixby" area and Marina Pacifica at night.  The picture above right was taken during daylight hours looking out over the slough in the same direction.  In the night photo notice the glare across the water from Marina Pacifica lighting which travels a great distance.  As previously mentioned, the corner of the slough far away from 2nd St./Southern portion of "upper Bixby" area/Marina Pacifica is the darkest corner of this area and coincidentally more wildlife habitat evidence is found in the darkest corner. 

"Light pollution" is known to cause disturbances to wildlife and noctural birds.  You may recall the proposed Home Depot where the "tank farm" at the power plant on Studebaker currently sits (which residents opposed for many reasons) or the high rise buildings of the proposed 2nd+PCH project or the attempt of construction company 2H to develop a soccer field (which usually includes tall lighting fixtures) between Loynes Dr. and Los Cerritos Channel.  The increased traffic and night light from these proposed projects all would have negative impacts on the wetlands as they are too close.  Even the Enviromental Protection Agency recommends that open space buffer zones are left adjacent to wetlands, click here to read about it (sidebar on pg 15).   

More info on this topic: Science News article, "The unnatural ecology of artificial light at night" Slide 12 of a presentation by darkskysociety.org also gives some brief info.

In addition tall structures in bird migration paths also present many other dangers for migratory birds.

The pictures below and the video show typical ponds found throughout Los Cerritos Wetlands.  It is odd these ponds had no water summer 2009, typically these particular ponds always have water.  We had about the same amount of rain in '08/09 as the previous year when the pond remained full.  This pond lies on the land included in the "Land Swap" approved by Long Beach City Council 8/4/09.  For more info on the Land Swipe controversy see the news links at the end of this page.  Click the pics below to enlarge.

"Seasonal Ponds" in Los Cerritos Wetlands near 2nd/Westminster, 7-12-08

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From the Market Place you can see a pond, center of picture, 6/1/08.

6-28-09, same pond as above. Almost exactly 1 year later, no water.

6-28-09, same pond as above about 1 year later.
The pond shown above and in the video is known as "Don's Pond".  Also known as "Marketplace Marsh"

Don's Pond 12/20/09...one week after the 2nd rainfall of the season.


This GIS map, created by Jennifer Gomez, shows how much of Los Cerritos Wetlands has been lost.  This was originally a 2,400 acre wetland.

If you have any questions about GIS mapping of Los Cerritos Wetlands please contact Jennifer at jagomez173@gmail.com

For questions about this page please contact webmaster@caopenspace.org

Please note that most links on this site are not affiliated with,a part of, or maintained by caopenspace.org but were included for further information or interesting facts about the topic.

Next Row, pictures of Zedler Marsh and another Los Cerritos Wetlands video (notice who the video is made by, CSULB students).  Currently educational field trips for students at all grade levels are limited but possible.  Once restored educational opportunities could be further expanded.  

The Wetlands Video from michelle b. on Vimeo.

Los Cerritos Wetlands, Zedler Marsh, 7-12-08

Los Cerritos Wetlands, 7-12-08

The next two rows of pictures below were all taken from different street view points of Los Cerritos Wetlands.  From this perspective you can hardly tell any actual wetlands are there.  Many ponds can be seen from the streets.  When the entire wetlands is restored it will be huge, you could probably spend an entire day walking around the wetlands on just perimeter trails alone.  For current conceptual restoration plans see the Into Los Cerritos Wetlands web site. 

View from 2nd/Westminster near Studebaker Rd.
Los Cerritos Wetlands West of the San Gabriel, 7-12-08

View from PCH bridge looking towards Studebaker Rd
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Apprx. 44 acre wetlands (Steam Shovel Slough) in the middle of the picture. 6/1/08

View from 2nd St. near Shopkeeper Road
Los Cerritos Wetlands near 2nd/Westminster, 7/12/08

"Hellman Ranch" area of Los Cerritos Wetlands
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Overlooking the Hellman Ranch Property from Heron Pointe.

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View of Los Cerritos Wetlands "Hellman Ranch Property" from Gum Grove Park

View from 2nd/Westminster near Studebaker Road
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View South of Westminster/2nd St. overlooking the 66 acres owned by Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority

12/20/09 ponding on Hellman Ranch, about 1 week after rain.

12/20/09, Hellman Ranch area.

Ponding on the 66 acres about 1 week after a rainstorm, 12/20/09

Hellman Ranch. The bluff in the background is Gum Grove Park.

Pickleweed on Hellman Ranch, 12/20/09

*** How You Can Help ***
"Like" the ALL NEW Save Los Cerritos Wetlands Facebook Page and get updates on a variety of wetlands related info such as Land Tours, Nature Walks, volunteer habitat restoration events, meetings, important issues updates and more!  (And page "likes" do matter):
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For current issues at Los Cerritos Wetlands and how to help see the new Save Los Cerritos Wetlands web page.
Older issues are listed below (kept for historical purposes): 
1.  Write the City of Long Beach, tell them you support the wetlands restoration (in general) and thank them for their efforts to preserve them.  Contact info:  http://www.longbeach.gov/officials/default.asp

2.  Loynes Drive Appeal (often called the "illegal Land "scraping")

As of Jan 2013 the restoration plan for this parcel was modified and currently the work is in process, read about the revision here: 


Appeal to the California Coastal Commission was Nov 19th 2010 and the permit was approved but with revisions to how the restoration should be.   

Watch the meeting archived video (choose Nov 19th 2010 under "video" complete):

Our agenda item 12a Appeal No. A-5-LOB-10-15 (2H Properties, Long Beach) starts 2hrs 19 min into the meeting (fast forward to 02:19:05 on the counter at lower right corner). Things get interesting 3 hrs, 36 min, 54 sec into the meeting starting with Commissioner Blank's examination of "weed abatement machinery"

News articles on the Nov 19th Coastal Commission decision:

Historical info on this issue:
Click here to see the first staff report recommending a "substantial issue" and click here for  staff report prepared for the hearing--this report is import as it contains the actions staff is recommending to the coastal commisssioners.

This was all approved.  However, it was appealed and the requirement to replace the clay and soil cap on the property was removed.  As of May 2012 a new restoration plan was submitted to Coastal which can be viewed by the public but one must appear in person at the Long Beach Coastal Commission office, 200 Oceangate # 1000  Long Beach, CA 90802, (562) 590-5071.

Agenda item:

a. Application No. A-5-LOB-10-15 (2H Properties, Long Beach) Appeal by Commissioners Shallenberger & Wan, Los Cerritos Wetlands Trust (Elizabeth Lambe, Executive Director), Thomas Marchese, Heather Altman, Mary Suttie, David Robertson, El Dorado Audubon Society (Mary Parsell), and Our Town – Long Beach (Joan Hawley McGrath, Sandie Van Horn, Pat Towner, Cindy Crawford, Tarin Olsen, Kerrie Aley, Allan Songer & Brenda McMillan) from decision of City of Long Beach granting permit with conditions to 2H Properties approved (after-the-fact) for importing 1,000 cu.yds. of soil to re-establish and maintain cap over existing landfill (in response to Coastal Commission Emergency Permit 5-09-068-G), and allow weed abatement and remediation, at 6400 Loynes Drive, Long Beach, Los Angeles County. (CP-LB)

Older news articles about the Coastal Commission appeal:

May 27, 2010, Long Beach Report, "Coastal Comm'n Staff Recommends Loynes-South (Hitchcock/2H) Site Restoration":  http://www.lbreport.com/news/may10/hitccc.htm

March 12, 2010, Long Beach Press Telegram, "New hearing ordered on restoration of graded area near Los Cerritos Wetlands":  http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_14665850

March 12, 2010, lbreport.com:  http://www.lbreport.com/news/mar10/hitchccc.htm

March 11, 2010, Long Beach Press Telegram, "Coastal Commission wants new hearing on Los Cerritos Wetlands grading case":  http://www.insidesocal.com/greennotes/

Quick un-permitted land grading background info:  On 3/19 & 3/20/09 a land owner leveled the property near Loynes Dr. & Studebaker Rd, bringing in paving materials, destroying seasonal ponds, nesting sites of Egrets and harming other wildlife and habitat.  No permits or permission for this activity was granted by any govt agency, a violation of environmental protection laws including the California Coastal Act as this was an attempt at development without a permit in the coastal zone.  The land was graded to the point it exposed an old landfill that was carefully sealed up back in the early 60's creating a methane leak, a health hazard for nearby residents. 

In October '09, Long Beach Planning approved the "back permit" for the "work" already done (after the fact permit).  In December '09 this was appealed by a number of citizens & groups.  The appeal was denied but the Planning Commissioners spoke approving the permit with the condition of "remediation"... yet afterwards  Long Beach Business Journal ran an article about how this would instead be a soccer field, not a restoration.  It is important to note there is a big difference between "remediation" and "restoration".  Per our Local Coastal Plan this land is designated to become an 8.3 acre brackish pond, not to be developed, it's not even zoned for development.  Check back for updates...

3.  Land swap deal

In a nutshell, the deal between the City of Long Beach and the land owner to trade city property (which can be developed) for wetlands property to be restored. 

Currently the swap will go through did go through, the city owns the piece of property at 2nd & Shopkeeper Rd (by the Marketplace) but it is not public lands yet, the wetlands has to buy it from them.  You will see a sign on the corner of Shopkeeper Rd & 2nd Street, a conceptual picture of a restorated wetlands. 

4.  2nd+PCH development, oppose an 12 story building!

As of Jan 2013, I've found no further developments on the new proposal which surfaced May 2012.  Below link to Egrets not Regrets post best describing the Shoppes proposal for the old Seaport Marina Hotel corner.  The high rise development plan for this corner was rejected back in Dec 2011.


and on LB Report:  http://www.lbreport.com/news/may12/2ndshop.htm 

and on LB Post:  http://www.lbpost.com/business/2000000247-second-pch-project-again-possibly-back-again 

** Dec 2011 update ** it appears the high rise project is dead, our appeal to City Council was a success, Council voted against the project.  Read about it here http://www.lbreport.com/news/dec11/2ndvote.htm
Here is another good article written before the City voted it down, the article tells it like it is
Important note:  July 2016 an update to the Local Coastal Plan/SEADIP for the 2nd+PCH area is currently in process (DEIR) and now includes 4 to 8 story buildings stretched out from Loynes & PCH all the way to the Seal Beach City line, see the new Save Los Cerritos Wetlands page for more info and how to help. 

Really it's not just "a" tall building.  It's about 9 tall buildings of various heights, the tallest being 150' (about 12 stories).  Recently the Long Beach Planning Commission voted to change the zoning to allow this, to change the Long Beach Local Coastal Plan/SEADIP (which is against the Coastal Act and must be approved by the California Coastal Commission at some point, see the Coastal Commission site on Local Coastal Programs aka "LCP").  Planning approved regardless of the traffic issues it will create (2nd & PCH is an "F" rated intersection without this development), air quality issues from increased smog due to increased traffic signal wait times (over 20 nearby intersections will have significant increased wait times), water quality issues due to runoff from a dense development, the night lighting issues for the wetlands, the hazard to migrating birds presented by a tall group of buildings in the flyway next to the wetlands and of course it will detract from a natural open space view from Los Cerritos Wetlands.  The City of Long Beach seeks to create "an iconic gateway into Long Beach", the zoning changes also allow tall buildings in the entire area of 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Hwy, documents mention a future proposal to building out the Marketplace up to 15 stories high.  Basically they want to recreate another "downtown Long Beach" along the border of Seal Beach, not good.  As previously mentioned the 2nd+PCH tall project is dead; however, the zoning for the area will be updated and could potentially include tall building, scroll down to see SEADIP update info below the pictures...

4/23/10:  The Draft EIR has been released for public review.  Significant impacts on the traffic, claims the project is not in any wildlife migration path (it's in the Pacific Flyway). Read the Draft EIR here:

Public comments were submitted to the City of Long Beach in June, a revised EIR was released. 

Join the Facebook Group "Second+PCH, Citizens Against the Catastrophe" at:
also see http://www.ourtownlongbeach.org/
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust's website about the proposed development:

The rule (per the local coastal plan) in this area is 35 foot tall buildings.  This high rise building is too close to the wetlands, the density of the development will add extreme amounts of traffic resulting in more air pollution and making it more difficult for Southeast Long Beach residents to get to the beach due to traffic, it's too tall and poses a hazard to migrating birds and raises lighting concerns in the wetlands not to mention more congestion and pollution is bad for people in general.  Please write a letter to the LB City Council & Mayor, urge the city no exceptions, amendments or "variances" to our local coastal plan, to keep buildings at the 35 foot tall limit along with any other concern you may have.  Below is the view from Gum Grove Park, looking out over the Hellman property area of the wetlands toward 2nd/PCH and the Market Place...the view is much better WITHOUT a cluster of high rise buildings isn't it?  


As a result of 2nd+PCH the City has decided it is time to update SEADIP, which is the coastal development plan for the Southeast area of Long Beach including the wetlands.  Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust has meetings to inform the public about SEADIP and this important update which should provide the wetlands with the most protection possible...should.  Public input will be needed.  Stay tuned for more and watch the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust website or sign up for their email updates

The City of Long Beach has won a grant to fund the update of SEADIP, this news article:

5.  Attend meetings/hearings regarding #2 thru #4 above

6.  Other ways you can help, become a volunteer:

Join a local wetlands group and become a volunteer.  This is a critical role in preservation and restoration of wetlands--the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an excellent document on the importance of volunteers, click here to read this document.  Also see EPA's Wetlands Protection page for more information on how to protect your local wetlands.

Several local wetlands groups offer volunteer opportunities (cleanup/restoration) and hold meetings anyone may attend :
Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (volunteer events/Stewardship Program, quarterly meetings)
Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards (restoration volunteer opportunities)
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust (monthly meetings, public education walks, volunteer opportunities)
El Dorado Audubon (volunteer opportunities, 2 monthly bird observation/education walks, bird counts).

Audubon 2011 Christmas Bird Count at LCW in the news:
Also see the complete bird count photo gallery on Facebook at

Land swap in the news:

August 5th, 2009, LB City Council approves the Land Swap:

August 4th, 2009 (before the Council Meeting at 5pm)
Tom Dean--wants to develop the land into a park unless the City accepts the land swap deal tonight or deal is off:

July 31st, 2009, LCWLT Calls for a Delay

July 31st, 2009, article showing land swap map & details of the deal

July 31st, 2009, Land Swap is looking like a scam

To see more pictures of birds and wildlife found in Los Cerritos Wetlands see California State University's "the Wetlands Project" website's photo gallery at:  http://www.intoloscerritoswetlands.org/gallery/

Also see Los Cerritos Wetlands on Facebook

The wetlands restoration project makes the front page headline news in 11/12/08 Long Beach Press Telegram.  The city plans to acquire 175 acres.  Read about it here: 
http://www2.presstelegram.com/news/ci_10960738 or on Rare Earth's page at http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/

Since then, the wetlands land swap deal has made headline news in Long Beach Press Telegram, The Grunion Gazzette, www.lbpost.com a number of times. 

The effort to acquire the wetlands property for restoration is ongoing and has made great progress.  Basically most of the property South of 2nd/Westminster is either public owned or on its way.  The area North of 2nd/Westminster is mostly all privately owned.  See the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust website at http://www.lcwlandtrust.org/protect.htm and Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority http://www.lcwetlands.org/ for more info.

External links

Historical Wetlands Maps:
At the bottom of this page see the Historical wetlands map of Orange & Los Angeles Counties -- 1894, amazing how much of our coast was wetlands at one time:
San Gabriel Watershed, historical map & info:

Learn more about estuaries/wetlands:
EPA's Watershed Academy
Wetlands Functions and Values Module:

Webpages from other wetlands sites, educational:

Webpages from other sites on the topic of flood control and carbon sequestration benefits of wetlands and particulary salt marshes:

Invasive plant species
, a problem in Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Here is a couple of links about invasive removal and native plant restoration at Starr Ranch in Orange county.  Artichoke Thistle is commonly found at Los Cerritos and difficult to remove, see the Starr Ranch study:
OC Register Article: 
Starr Ranch Invasive Species page:  http://www.starrranch.org/invasives.html 

Learn more about coyotes and how to deal with them 
(coyotes are often found in all Southern California wetlands):

Although this page is written more for a wilderness area many of the same principals still apply to all open space areas, even those found in the middle of cities.  Please read my safety page at www.caopenspace.org/safety.html

Older news & info, past events:

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Gum Grove Park, 4/19/08

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