Amazingly and, as most would have thought, impossibly, Gordon Smith of the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy is about to run the table with the conservancy's likely addition of the Newland Marsh to the Brookhurst, Magnolia and Talbert wetlands, which previously were acquired by the conservancy ("Conservancy goes for that last piece," June 2). Looking back, much of this ecologically essential land once was slated for highway and/or residential uses.
However, is there more to be done? The 38-acre Ascon toxic dump site, now the subject of heroic but still limited remediation, eventually could be added to the conservancy's charge. Further, some part of the 41-acre tank farm on Magnolia Street could be included in the lands held in trust by the conservancy. Last, but not least, the site of the AES power plant is a necessary future addition to the conservancy's holdings.
Such acquisitions appear remote and expensive, but perhaps no more so than when Smith and the conservancy began their quest many years ago.