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The Past, Present, and Future Habitats of Los Cerritos Wetlands

Eric Zahn

The landscape of the San Gabriel River Estuary has changed dramatically over the past century. Historically, this river culminated in 2,400 acres of coastal salt marsh; however, this ecosystem has been progressively altered and become ever more complex with urban infrastructure such as flood control facilities, power generating plants, oil operations, roadways, and other developments. Eric Zahn will discuss the Los Cerritos Wetlands Conceptual Restoration Plan and how it uses GIS analysis to plan restoration efforts that will mitigate the impacts of such threats as sea level rise. He will also address the project goal of reintroducing tidal wetlands.

Zahn is a Long Beach native, graduate of Long Beach Poly and University of California, San Diego, and California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a master’s of science degree in biology.He co-founded an ecological consulting group, Tidal Influence LLC, in 2008 to support local non-profits and governmental agencies in improving urban ecosystems. Over the past two years Zahn has been a member a consulting team focused on developing a conceptual restoration plan for Los Cerritos Wetlands that will be completed in summer of 2013.

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The Past, Present, and Future Habitats of Los Cerritos Wetlands
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