This website is the home for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority’s (LCWA) conservation of wetlands in the East Long Beach and North Seal Beach area, straddling the border of Los Angeles County and Orange County in southern California. The conservation area of Los Cerritos Wetlands as identified by the LCWA comprises approximately 500 acres on both sides of the San Gabriel River. The LCWA is a joint powers authority made up of the State Coastal Conservancy, the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach and currently owns approximately 170 acres of Los Cerritos Wetlands. In addition to owning wetlands property, the LCWA has commissioned a Conceptual Restoration Plan of the conservation area, hosts a Community–Based Stewardship Program in partnership with many local supporters, and encourages citizen–science and student–based research to further understand the precious coastal resource of Los Cerritos Wetlands.
Coastal wetlands in southern California are an increasingly rare refuge and Los Cerritos is home to several threatened and endangered plant and animal species. Southern Tarplant, Coulter’s Goldfields, Lewis’s Evening Primrose, and California Boxthorns are some of the floral species that have resiliently stood their ground over the years. The open water areas of Los Cerritos are foraging grounds for the California Least Terns and the Pacific Green Sea Turtles, while the inter and supra tidal areas are also home to several populations of Belding’s Savannah Sparrows.
The efforts of the LCWA and our partners are to intermingle the concerns of the special status species and other wetlands denizens that call Los Cerritos home with the many people in the surrounding urban area that value the habitat for recreation, research and education. Our hope is that you too will enjoy the shared resource and come into Los Cerritos Wetlands with us.