ursus environmental symposium: ballona wetlands and the future of southern california coastal conservation


Ballona Wetlands and the Future of Southern California Coastal Conservation

An Ursus Environmental Symposium

With almost all of Southern California’s coastal wetlands degraded or destroyed by development, and a need to provide the public with more opportunities to enjoy nature, the proposed restoration of Los Angeles’ Ballona Wetlands would appear to be a goal laudable to conservationists, and a potential model for similar efforts elsewhere in the State. However, scientific debates and sharp policy differences have arisen regarding the future course for the Ballona Wetlands. This Ursus Symposium will bring together top UCLA scientists with key figures involved in the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project to offer their perspectives in a dialogue on this important issue and wider implications.

A panel discussion featuring:

Richard Ambrose
Professor, UCLA Department of Environmental Health Sciences and
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

David Jacobs
Professor, UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Shelley Luce
President and Chief Executive Officer, Heal the Bay

David McNeill
Executive Officer, Baldwin Hills Conservancy

Hosted by:

Glen MacDonald FRSC
UCLA Endowed Chair in Geography of California and the American West
Director, UC White Mountain Research Center
Chair, UCLA Canadian Studies Program