LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority was recently awarded a $31,852,000 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy that will fund ongoing restoration efforts.

According to wetland ecology expert Christine Whitcraft of California State University, Long Beach, restoring coastal wetland ecosystems is a crucial step in protecting the endangered wildlife that calls places like Los Cerritos home.

Folks like restoration ecologist Eric Zahn have been working hard to secure funding for the imperiled habitat, and thanks to the historic grant, they are hopeful Los Cerritos is now on the path to restoration.