BALLONA WETLANDS INTERIM STEWARDSHIP AND ACCESS MANAGEMENT PLAN
Los Angeles, CA 2005
State Coastal Conservancy
A Trust-Building Document Focused Around Public Access to a Vital Water Resource
Duvivier created this document and the companion Early Implementation Plan, as the first visible step in a series of planning efforts to protect the Ballona Wetlands, one of the last significant wetlands areas in Los Angeles. These wetlands, while highly degraded, are home to several threatened and endangered species. Duvivier‘s plan guides management of short-term access and restoration and provides educational opportunities through the completion of the Wetland Restoration Plan. Duvivier documented existing conditions, wrote the final plan outline and parameters, created all maps and photographs and collaborated with SCC and stakeholders on phasing and guidelines. The plan was designed to improve public access, increase interpretive opportunities and reduce impacts on wetlands resources. It outlines projects, such as gateway development, perimeter trails and signage programs for implementation by the SCC, California Department of Fish and Game, State Lands Commission and other partners.
Building consensus: The battle that took place, before the Ballona Wetland was finally purchased from a land developer, was fierce and pitted environmental group against environmental group and politician against politician. Once the wetland was in State ownership, the level of distrust was strong. Duvivier advanced trust-building by leading collaboration efforts between stakeholder groups for community outreach. The plan is now the blueprint for future restoration and has laid the foundation for communication among stakeholders.
“In creating the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project, Interim Stewardship and Access Management Plan. “Duvivier provided a new vision of a functioning wetlands with safe, well-managed public access…….adding value of both protecting and sharing the sensitive natural systems. She did this by translating complex scientific concepts into lay terms, and creating graphics that draw people in and highlight aspects that are most meaningful to stakeholders.”
— Shelley Luce, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC)