Saturday, October 21, 2006

A gem worth protecting . . .

Today I hiked back into the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and was awed by the sight of these precious wetlands coming back to life. Volunteers were busy planting native plants in their continuing efforts to reclaim this environmental treasure from a 100 years of damage from the gun clubs, oil wells and WWII army facilities that altered the habitat for various purposes. It is a beautiful area to hike in, and today was my first hike back into it since they successfully re-opened the Wetlands to the Pacific Ocean.

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust and other groups are still fighting to save parts of the Wetlands from development by Shea Homes, and a private owner. They hope to raise enough money to purchase these properties to be protected from further development.


Blogger GetFlix said...

Saving wetlands is the common local cause these days.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Getflix - this has been going on for 30 years . . . it was pretty interesting checking out the history of the place, from artifacts dated 6000 BC to the use of the site by the army in WWII to set up big artillery guns facing the Pacific, and I'm guessing, Japan.

Since I'm a tree-hugger at heart, I like to see some natural places preserved - So Cal is very over developed

8:12 AM  
Blogger v said...

Wonderful post Diane! Bolsa Chica seems like a natural oasis within the ubran sprawl of So Cal. Most definitely something to fight for and protect. Wetlands are so important to our ecosystem.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

v - thanks! I plan to go back next week with a camera and binoculars. Plus, it is alot easier to hike for miles when there is so much to see, rather than just hitting the road!

6:45 PM  

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