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Established in 1990 by a coalition of government, community, business, and environmental leaders, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization, provides services that inspire and connect all generations through community involvement and leadership in hands-on restoration and education in wetland science, watersheds, coastal ecology and environmental sustainability.
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy (BCC) is a volunteer-driven private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands through science-based education on wetland ecology and marine biology, scientific research, and habitat restoration. The Conservancy currently operates its programs from a temporary modular facility on the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Founded in 1990, the BCC offers visitor information, educational exhibits and displays, science classes, water quality testing in the ecological reserve, restoration of degraded wetland and upland habitats, and propagation of native plants for use in restoration projects.
BCC opened its interpretive center in 1994. In the years since, the Center has become a focal point for conservation planning and environmental community activity. In the Conservancy’s 23-year history, it has served nearly 450,000 school age children and the general public from the five-county area of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura.
BCC is experienced at organizing events using volunteers. Over the past 24 years, more than 90,000 volunteer hours have been dedicated to support the Conservancy’s restoration and education programs. Over this period of time, volunteers have helped staff educate thousands of students and visitors, and restored multiple habitats to support recovery of a variety of wildlife. Volunteers have helped remove more than 150 tons of trash, debris, and invasive plants from the reserve. The Conservancy has provided the planning, materials, and labor for several successful wetlands projects to date. The first was a pilot planting project to increase the native plants on the bluff slope and in the lower marsh zone in a small portion of the newly restored Southwest Cell. Several other projects have been done with Eagle Scouts doing plantings in the area of the interpretive center with scores of native plants placed in our specimen planters and along the parking lot perimeter. Most recently, a 500-foot natural buffer of upland plants was created along Pacific Coast Highway to shield the wetlands from highway traffic and noise pollution