In April 2002, Lou Murray wrote about the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's restoration work: "We applaud the ongoing removal of nonnative iceplant on the Bolsa Chica sand dunes and the planting of native plants on the mesa because it creates more natural habitat for native wildlife….To this end, we tend to support the eradication of introduced, nonnative species because they have a negative impact on native species..."
Now, in a series of columns she's written over the last month about CPR for the Mesa, the Bolsa Chica Land Trust's restoration plan, Murray argues against restoration. So, what is it she wants? She apparently wants the Land Trust to do nothing and leave the mesa as 118 acres of predominantly non-native, low functioning weeds. For us, that's not an option.
The Land Trust is not made up of "do-nothing" people. Together, we helped save the mesa from development and now, working with the Department of Fish and Game, we've developed an innovative restoration plan that will restore the mesa to healthy, diverse native habitats that will serve all of our wildlife well into future generations.