Conference on Bolsa Chica: The Work Isn't Finished

On March 24, 2007, at the Waterfront Hilton in Huntington Beach, over 200 people attended the all day "Conference on Bolsa Chica," hosted by the Western Alliance for Nature, Amigos de Bolsa Chica and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. This purpose of this tremendously successful event was to raise funds to be used by the Western Alliance for Nature, Amigos de Bolsa Chica and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust for education and management oversight programs.

The core mission of the Western Alliance for Nature is the preservation of biodiversity by conservation of endangered and rapidly vanishing habitats; managing and restoring them to functioning ecosystems; and preserving endangered wildlife habitats to protect biodiversity needs to be a global endeavor. Ecosystems are intricately linked in the web of life. Preserving biodiversity means conserving diverse ecosystems. That is why the WAN conservation programs span both North and South American continents.

Many thanks to the Waterfront Hilton and the Robert Mayer Corporation for hosting the Conference and their assistance with underwriting much of the cost of putting on this event.

Thanks also to all of the organizations and corporations who sponsored the event:

Non-Profit Sponsors: Los Angeles Audubon, Sea & Sage Audubon, Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust, Orange County Coastkeepers and Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks.

Corporation Sponsors: Chevron, PG&E, SES, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Makar Properties, CIM, Tree of Life Nursery, Hearthside Homes, Woodfin Suites, Moffatt & Nichol, Action Embroidery, Lyon Management Group and JCC Homes.

Individual Sponsors: Bob & Shirley Dettloff, Gerald & Patricia Chapman, and Joe Shaw,

Silent auction donors: King's Fish House, Duke's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, La Fontana Ristorante, Five Crowns Restaurant, La Parolaccia Restaurant, Hotel Healdsburg, REI, Barnes and Noble, Newport Theatre Arts Center, State Senator Tom Harman, Barbara Delgleize, Kay Dolton, Margaret Carlberg, Linda Moon, Al Vari, Village Nursery, Armstrong Garden Centers & Wild Birds Unlimited.

Artist donors: Thomas Anderson, Connie Boardman, Adele Earnshaw, Susan Labouri, Rudy Gardea, Terry Miller, Jo Anne Romero, Diane Versteeg & Larry Wan.

Entertainment: John Sotter, Acoustic Warrior.
And many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make the day run smoothly!

Fran PavleyLarry Wan

The Honorable Fran Pavley began the day's talks with a frank discussion of the ecological challenges facing the planet and optimism that our combined efforts can make a difference.

Dr. Vic LeipzigDr. David Carlberg

Dr. Vic Leipzig was next with a detailed look at Bolsa Chica's past and present.

John GaramendiJoe Shaw

Amigos de Bolsa Chica Executive Director Alexia Swanepoel, Amigos President Thomas Anderson, Lt. Governor John Garamendi and Amigos Treasurer Brian Westcott.

John GaramendiThomas Anderson

Lt. Governor John Garamendi spoke at lunch about the effects of global warming on our future and the steps towards solutions the State of California and its citizens can take and have taken.

Gerry, Sandy, Mel and JimJoe Shaw

Bolsa Chica Land Trust President Gerry Chapman, BCLT Board member Sandy Genis, Amigos de Bolsa Chica Board members Mel Nutter and Jim Robins.

Sponsor speakerJoe Shaw

Shirley Dettloff, Amigos Board Member, former Coastal Commissioner and HB Mayor; Gil Coerper, current HB Mayor; Bob Dettloff, Amigos founding member; Peter Douglas, Coastal Commission Executive Director; and Flossie Horgan, Bolsa Chica Land Trust Executive Director

LunchLarry Wan

Panorama of the lunch with speaker Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi.

Joy ZedlerDr. David Carlberg

After lunch, wetlands authority Dr. Joy Zedler spoke about her 30 year efforts to understand, preserve and restore coastal wetland biodiversity at the Tijuana River Estuary.

Government Agency PanelWarry Wian

Coastal Commissioner Sara Wan moderated a panel addressing the variety of roles and challenges facing Government agencies in preserving ecosystems with Peter Douglas, Coastal Commission; Mary Small, Coastal Conservancy; Jim Trout, State Lands Commission; Bob Hoffman, NOAA; and Terri Stewart, CA Dept of Fish & Game.

Tourism panelLarry Wan

Shirley Dettloff moderated a panel addressing the impacts and possibilities of eco-tourism at Bolsa Chica with Steve Bone, Robert Mayer Corp.; Debbie Cook, HB City Council Member; Amy Hooper, Wild Bird Magazine; and Doug Traub, HB Conference & Visitor Bureau.

Tom HarmanLarry Wan

Closing remarks were made by 3 decade supporter of the efforts to preserve and restore the Bolsa Chica, State Senator Tom Harman.

PDF version of the Conference program