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We are working

to preserve the last

of the Bolsa Chica.


have helped to restore the Mesa.


Bolsa Chica Land Trust

The mission of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust is to acquire, restore and preserve ALL of the mesa, lowlands, and wetlands of the Bolsa Chica, and to educate the public about this natural wonder and its cultural significance.

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We wanted to inform everyone that the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife have closed the parking lots at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve for this weekend. Please respect the cones and do not park in the lots. The trails are open, but please remember to follow the rules – old and new – no bikes or dogs and 6 feet of distance with others enjoying some outdoors time. Stay safe!

Bolsa Chica Parking lots closed

All of our public events, tours, and volunteer workdays are cancelled until further notice.

In response to the current health crisis with Covid-19, all our tours and volunteer days are cancelled until further notice.  The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is still open to the public (please – no dogs & no bikes) for a walk in the wildflowers and some bird-watching. We are doing our part during this crisis to keep our docents, core team members, and all volunteers safe.  As soon as we can, our team will joyously be back out at Bolsa Chica and inviting you all to help us care for it.  We hope that all of our supporters, your families and friends, stay well and healthy!

Not all of our efforts are put on hold, we are still working hard behind the scenes on all of our projects for Bolsa Chica.  We ask that you consider making a donation which we will put to good use to protect and restore all of Bolsa Chica.

If you are stuck inside here are a few awesome online places you can go to get your nature fix:

Nature Conservancy Photo Gallery

Explore Nature Live Cams

National Park Service: search Explore Parks, and check out their The Poetry of Parks section

BCLT’s License Plate Frames

Our new license frame can be yours for a $15 donation.

Check out our new license plate frames!! Proudly show your support for Bolsa Chica and our natural open spaces as you drive around town, or to your next outdoor adventure. They are made out of 95% recycled plastic – and one will be yours with a $15 donation. We also have tee shirts and an awesome coloring book. All donations help fund BCLT’s projects, programs and mission. Together we do great things for Bolsa Chica. Show your support with BCLT merch today! All items can be ordered here.

BCLT’s Position on Poseidon

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust’s position is the following:  The Bolsa Chica Land Trust is OPPOSED to the Poseidon Desalination Plant (also being called the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalinization Plant) due to the significant environmental damage that the plant will inflict to our precious coastal environment.  The Bolsa Chica Land Trust will remain neutral in the discussion of any proposed mitigation during the permitting process.

Many of you may be seeing mailers and videos promoting the Poseidon desalination plant.  Poseidon is working on acquiring the required permits to build its desalinization plant adjacent to the AES power plant on Pacific Coast Highway here in Huntington Beach.  BCLT is an environmental organization, and although our primary focus is on Bolsa Chica, it and our coastal environment are forever linked.  As such, we at BCLT are very concerned about threats to our coastal environment, including the impacts projected to be caused directly from a fully functioning Poseidon desalinization plant.   The ocean is the life blood of Bolsa Chica, and we will not support any project that threatens our ocean wildlife.  The Poseidon plant is expected when operational to create a 421.4 acre dead zone, or “area of production forgone” as it is described in the permitting documents.   As for the mitigation that Poseidon is stating that they will give to Bolsa Chica – yes, Bolsa Chica is in need of considerable and continuing funding, the damage that people inflicted on Bolsa Chica for over one hundred years left it in need of significant care.  BCLT is working hard with the State and Federal agencies involved in the oversight of our wetlands to help identify ways to care for Bolsa Chica in a more fiscally sustainable manner without compromising on biological diversity, and without creating dead zones in our fragile coastal ecosystems.

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