Save the Frogs at the Ballona Wetlands
Organized by: Marcia Hanscom
Opinion published in The Argonaut
March 18, 2016
There used to be millions of frogs singing in the Ballona Valley on the Los Angeles Coast.
Unfortunately, massive development has eliminated many of the seasonal ponds and sloughs where the frogs would sing.
Now there are only a few places remaining, and the one place in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve where we thought the frogs were relatively safe, is being proposed for a project that the Coastal Commission staff is recommending approval of. We need you to lend YOUR voice - through your generous donation - to those of others who are joining together to protect the frogs from a terribly misguided (grant-driven) experiment that would smother the frog habitat by laying heavy plastic atop an area where the project applicants claim they are merely eradicating iceplant.
This is the wrong method for eradicating iceplant, and it's the wrong place for such a project, as there is a great deal of native plant life, the iceplant is actually holding the water in to the wetland for the benefit for the frogs, and there also are other animals that will be burnt to a crisp under the solarized plastic. (California Ground Squirrels, Silvery Legless Lizards, insects and snakes - all part of the ecosystem.)
As Kermit says, "it isn't easy being green" - and this effort to save the frogs on the Los Angeles coast will not be easy, but the children of Los Angeles (and adults too!) deserve to have a place to go to hear these beautiful frog songs.
You might ask: "how can the CA Dept. of Fish & WIldlife support such a plan?" - maybe you didn't know (I did not!) that this antiquated agency that was formed to cater to hunters still pays (according to antiquated laws!) - 15¢ if you send in a tail from a dead California Ground Squirrel.
Please help the Ground Squirrels and the Frogs this week! THANK YOU! Please consider a donation today to this cause.
Our campaign to Save the Frogs of the Ballona Wetlands will use the funds to organize the community, to hire legal experts, to oversee scientific research, and for advocating the vision that this place is important to be PROTECTED, not part of an experiment that will obviously kill plants and animals that are cherished and part of our overall ecosystem.
Please donate today to our Save the Frogs at the Ballona Wetlands campaign! We - and the entire neighborhood of residents and nature lovers in the region - will be very grateful.