What’s in store for Ballona’s restoration? The Friends of Ballona Wetlands, along with the Coastal Conservancy and other interested parties are currently working on a plan to restore Ballona to the salt-water marsh it once was.  This plan will take into account many elements of Ballona, from the nesting Least Tern, to the burrowing bee. why are wetlands important? »
What is a Wetland?

Coastal Wetland habitats fall in the transitional zone between land and sea. Ballona is the last remaining wetland in Los Angeles. The Ballona Wetlands are an estuary: a place where a river meets the sea.  These coastal wetlands support a variety of wildlife species, from arthropods to small mammals, to birds, and provide educational and community opportunities.

Wetlands possess a mixture of species, conditions and interactions, making them among the planet’s most diverse and varied habitats. Many elements help define wetlands: soils, hydrology and species that occur within them. Soils are known as hydric soils, which are saturated or submerged all or part of the year. Wetlands along coastlines include mangrove forests, coastal swamps and tidal marshes. Inland wetlands are made up of ponds, marshes, swamps, vernal pools and riparian systems. Although Ballona is a coastal wetland, historically  it also includes inland wetland elements of vernal pools and riparian systems.