Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Debbie Talbot
PROTECTIVE FENCING FOR SNOWY PLOVERS
INSTALLED AT DOCKWEILER BEACH
MARINA DEL REY, CALIF. – February 8, 2010 – The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors announced today, a joint effort to protect the Snowy Plover, an endangered bird species nesting at Dockweiler Beach. An enclosure of protective fencing made of orange plastic mesh, 100 feet deep and 300 feet long with an opening to the ocean, was installed at Dockweiler Beach to prevent people, vehicles, and animals from disturbing the critical habitat.
After a three-year study of the nesting site, a management plan was implemented by the US Fish and Wildlife Service; California Department of Fish and Game; Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors; Santa Monica, South Bay, and Los Angeles Audubon Societies; and, biologist Tom Ryan of Ryan Ecological Consulting.
This management plan will serve as a model for protecting sensitive resources while allowing appropriate beach access to the public that wish to surf and walk along the shore around the Snowy Plover enclosure.
For information regarding Snowy Plover conservation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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