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Agreement Reached!
Agreement Reached!

Photo: Brenda Lee

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about the birds

of Bolsa Chica

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have helped to restore the Mesa.


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We are working

to preserve the last

of the Bolsa Chica.

Bolsa Chica Land Trust

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust was formed in 1992 by a small group of Californians who believed that one of the last standing wetland ecosystems in Southern California was worth preserving for future generations. The Land Trust now includes more than 5000 members from throughout California and twenty other states.

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2017 Calendar


Coastal Commission Hearing Wed. Sept. 7th to SAVE Banning Ranch from Development

The Banning Ranch hearing is now scheduled to be heard on Wed. Sept. 7th!

Location: Newport Beach City Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, 92660
The hearing starts at 9am

Please attend if possible!

Bolsa Chica is precious, its open space is important for people and animals alike.  It took decades of intensive effort by many people to save it.  Please join us as we support saving another precious piece of open space — Banning Ranch.  The issues at Banning Ranch are almost identical to those at Bolsa Chica – Banning is one of the last remaining coastal open space habitat areas, home to endangered species, threatened plant communities, wetlands, vernal pools, grasslands, and significant archaeology.  BCLT supports the Banning Ranch Conservancy‘s efforts for the complete preservation of the entire site. We have lost far too much of our open space and wildlife habitat. Banning Ranch needs to be saved, not compromised. 

Please email the Coastal Commission today at and include ‘Agenda Item 5-15-2097’ in your subject line.

Sample letter:

Dear Honorable Chair Kinsey, Commissioners and Staff,

I am writing you to state my opposition to development at Banning Ranch.  Due to the overdevelopment which has stripped the Southern California coastline of much of its natural resources, Banning Ranch is now one of our last unprotected open spaces which contains vital diverse native wildlife habitat and is one of the few remaining pieces of the cultural landscape for the local Native Americans of this area.  I urge you to uphold the Coastal Act and its protections for these natural and cultural resources at Banning Ranch and DENY the development proposal before you in its entirety.

The compromise produced by the landowners will still result in the destruction of environmentally sensitive habitat areas both directly and indirectly.  This is a violation of the Coastal Act.  The proposed restoration by developer led groups will not mitigate for the loss of intact and functioning habitat and open space.

At Bolsa Chica a similar compromise led to the desecration of a Native American cemetery and significant destruction within one of North America’s most important archaeological sites, after the developer gave assurances to the Commission that this would not happen.  Please do not make these same mistakes at Banning Ranch.  Our last open spaces, our sensitive environment cannot withstand more loss due to compromise for development.

I urge you to uphold the Coastal Act and deny the proposal for development at Banning Ranch.


[Your Name]


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Our Mission


The Land Trust is working to acquire and protect the last threatened 11 acres at Bolsa Chica to save a unique archaeological site and precious open space habitat.


The Land Trust’s Bolsa Chica Stewards have been working since 1996 on the Mesa habitat restoration project. Over 15,000 volunteers have helped heal our local environment.


Bolsa Chica needs constant and well planned care to keep its habitats functioning and healthy.  Saving it is just the start, caring for it is part of our commitment.


The Land Trust conducts educational programs to build awareness about the role of the Bolsa Chica wetlands system in the natural and urban environment, and tell the story of its rich history.

Our Vision


Bolsa Chica Land Trust (Main Office)
5200 Warner Avenue #108
Huntington Beach, California 92649