Ballona Wetlands Acquisition

Location: Los Angeles County

Project Type: Acquisition

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: Tidal Wetland

Date Completed: 2003

Cost: $140,000,000

Area Affected: 192 acres

Assembly District: 62

Senate District: 26

Congressional District: 33

Project Lead/Grantee:
Department of Fish and Wildlife (916-445-0411 )

This project acquired properties within the Ballona Wetlands complex from willing sellers. This new acquisition totaled the protected area to around 600 acres of wetlands. The purchase initiated talks of formal, comprehensive restoration plan by the Coastal Conservancy for the newly-protected wetlands.

The Ballona Wetlands once stretched across 1,500 acres, but as Los Angeles and surrounding cities grew, the wetlands have been reduced to less than 150 acres. The historic wetlands are a priceless educational and natural resource, where wildlife can thrive surrounded by the nation’s largest metropolis. The great blue herons and brown pelicans that frequent the property thrill many of the visitors who use a bike path that skirts the edge of the historic wetlands.