La Sierra Riparian Acquisition

Location: Los Angeles County

Project Type: Acquisition

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: Riparian, Tidal Wetland

Cost: $7,755,000

Area Affected: 90 acres

Assembly District: 50

Senate District: 27

Congressional District: 33

Project Lead/Grantee:
Mountains Restoration Trust (Jo Kitz, 818-591-1701)

This project acquired approximately 90 acres of wetland, riparian, and upland habitat that supports La Sierra Lake in the Malibu Creek watershed. The Malibu Creek Watershed is one of the last spots that’s relatively undeveloped in the Los Angeles urban area. However, the area also offers up a clear picture of the harm humans are causing this fragile ecosystem — as well as ways to safeguard it from future degradation.

More than 75% of this area remains undeveloped and in a mostly natural state. Acquisition will benefit the habitat, water quality, as well as the flora and fauna of the Malibu Creek Watershed. Despite minimal development in the watershed, evidence of degradation are identified and recommendations are made that will reverse this deterioration.