Los Cerritos Wetlands Complex - Bryant Acquisition

Status Completed County Los Angeles
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 33.75785° N, -118.10311° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 66.00 Last Updated 25 September 2017

Project Identification

98-015-01 SCC - Record Number

Habitat Plan

ActivityHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Estuarine Wetland Marsh 66.00 Completed

Related Habitat Impacts

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Los Cerritos Wetlands Completed 66.00


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Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2009-08-29 5.0.2 Bryant estuarine seasonal 46
2009-08-29 5.0.2 Bryant estuarine seasonal 44
2009-08-29 5.0.2 Bryant estuarine seasonal 55
2009-08-29 5.0.2 Bryant estuarine seasonal 40
2008-08-29 5.0.2 Bryant estuarine seasonal 56

Performance Criteria

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Project Description

This project acquired approximately 360 acres of the historic Los Cerritos Wetlands Complex, near the mouth of the San Gabriel River. The 87-acre Bryant Property is part of the Los Cerritos Wetlands complex located along the lower reach of the San Gabriel River, where the river mouth historically migrated back and forth across the coastal plain. Prior to channelization of the river, the Los Cerritos Wetlands complex included freshwater and brackish wetlands in its inland areas and salt marsh closer to the ocean. The size and configuration of the wetlands were subject to occasional major changes when the river channel migrated during flood events. An aerial photo taken in 1927 shows the wetlands covering approximately 1,500 acres. Today, approximately 400 acres of degraded wetland and surrounding open space remain. The majority of the remaining wetlands complex falls on three privately-owned properties referred to as the Bixby, Bryant and Hellman properties.
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How to Use the Habitat Development Curve

Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.

For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.

The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker (ptrack.ecoatlas.org). The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.

An HDC can be used to address the following questions:

  1. At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
  2. Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
  3. What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
    1. Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
    2. Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
    3. For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
    4. Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
    5. Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).

For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.

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