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Local Sustainability Projects - Whitney High School

A cornerstone of the Global Sustainability Project (GSP) is the requirement that students provide 40 hours of direct service to a nature conservancy, university or nonprofit ecology organization in their community. The Foundation strongly believes that students should develop an ethic of responsibility for their environment, both locally and globally. The Foundation requires this hands-on service to allow the students to “pay forward” the opportunity they have been afforded in participating in the Earthwatch expedition.

Whitney High School GSP students will be working with Tidal Influence, to restore the Los Cerritos Wetlands in phase two of the Zedler Marsh Trails Project. Tidal Influence is a local ecological consulting firm that restores and manages wetlands and educates the community about our remaining local wildlands.

Specifically, GSP students will remove trash and eradicate non-native vegetation including: mustard, slender leaf iceplant, yellow sweet clover, Russian thistle, and common dandelions from the areas adjacent to the wetlands trail system. They will participate in the propagation cultivating, planting, and monitoring of native plants for coastal sage scrub and alkali meadow habitats in uplands areas of Zedler Marsh restoration area. These native plant species may include sagebrush, bush sunflower, California buckwheat, alkali sacaton, bladderpod, wholly seablite, saltbush, salt grass, alkali heath, California boxthorn. In addition to the above restoration activities, students will construct benches and develop pathways that will be opened for public use once the project is completed.

The Los Cerritos Wetlands is a coastal marshland habitat located in Long Beach, California and is one of two of the last remaining salt marshes in LA County. These wetlands were used for oil operations for many decades and consequently have poor soil and limited plant diversity. The wetlands are home to several endangered species, including the Belding's Savannah Sparrow, the Least Tern, the California Brown Pelican, the Wandering Skipper, the Tiger Beetle. Visit www.intoloscerritoswetlands.org for more information about Los Cerritos Wetlands.