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Webinar on Ballona Wetlands & Coastal Conservation | UCLA Ursus Environmental Symposium – 13 April 2021

March 19, 2021

[Posted by Chuck Almdale — Submitted by Larry Loeher]

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
invites you to attend
Ursus Environmental Symposium

Ballona Wetlands and the Future of
Southern California Coastal Conservation

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

Shelley Luce
President and Chief Executive Officer, Heal the Bay

David McNeill
Executive Officer, Baldwin Hills Conservancy

  Tuesday, April 13, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. PDT
Live streaming via Zoom

Webinar Registration

Please submit your questions in advance of the webinar via email to: (by Monday, April 12th at 12:00 p.m. PDT)

Instructions to join the webinar will be provided

once your registration has been confirmed.

About the discussion: 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 and wider implications.

UCLA College
1309 Murphy Hall, PO Box 951413
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1413
  1. Walter A Lamb permalink
    March 19, 2021 3:21 pm

    Hi Chuck – Thanks for posting this. I hope that members of the bird watching community will ask hard but fair questions that focus on the scientific issues raised by the proposed plans for this critical ecosystem. The habitat evolution maps on page 271 – 275 of the EIR clearly show the almost total loss of marsh and salt pan habitat to sea level rise by the end of the century. Known mitigation measures such as sediment augmentation were not substantively analyzed. It seems to be that the highly polarized “us vs them” dynamic has caused the environmental community to miss some pretty important issues. It is almost as if we are arguing over the color we want to paint our ship and ignoring the gaping hole in the bottom.

    Walter Lamb
    Culver City


    • Chukar permalink*
      March 19, 2021 3:26 pm

      Good metaphor, Walter.


  2. March 19, 2021 11:15 am

    Hi, I have a test at Kaiser that day. Is it possible to hear a recording of this webinar after it happens?


    “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde



    • Chukar permalink*
      March 19, 2021 3:20 pm

      Hi Ruth:
      None of the information I have says anything about their recording it so people can view it later, and I couldn’t find anything remotely useful on google either.
      Because they want viewers to pre-register, and because I can’t find anything else about UCLA Ursus, I suspect that there will be no recording for later viewing.
      But feel free to do a search yourself and let me know if I’m wrong.
      Yours, Chuck Almdale


      • Walter A Lamb permalink
        March 19, 2021 4:04 pm

        Just confirmed with organizer that the symposium will be recorded.


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