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Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Tr for Long Beach & Seal Beach

 P.O. Box 30165
 LONG BEACH, CA 90853
[P] (714) 357-8576
[F] --
lcwlandtrust.org
[email protected]
Elizabeth Lambe
FOUNDED: --
INCORPORATED: 2002
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Organization DBA Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0974992 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust was incorporated in 2001 by dedicated individuals who grasped the vital importance of defending Los Cerritos Wetlands from encroaching development while making local citizens and decision makers aware of the importance of this unique estuary. As an organization the Land Trust is committed to: 1) Facilitating the purchase of privately owned properties in Los Cerritos Wetlands, 2) Reconnecting and restoring this remnant estuary ecosystem, 3) Providing an educational setting for people in underserved communities to discover the wonders of southern California’s coastal wildlands, and 4) Building a culture of public stewardship for this precious resource.

Mission Statement

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust was incorporated in 2001 by dedicated individuals who grasped the vital importance of defending Los Cerritos Wetlands from encroaching development while making local citizens and decision makers aware of the importance of this unique estuary. As an organization the Land Trust is committed to: 1) Facilitating the purchase of privately owned properties in Los Cerritos Wetlands, 2) Reconnecting and restoring this remnant estuary ecosystem, 3) Providing an educational setting for people in underserved communities to discover the wonders of southern California’s coastal wildlands, and 4) Building a culture of public stewardship for this precious resource.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $210,375.00
Projected Revenue $146,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Land Tours
  • BE Safe Program
  • Estuary Explorers Program

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust was incorporated in 2001 by dedicated individuals who grasped the vital importance of defending Los Cerritos Wetlands from encroaching development while making local citizens and decision makers aware of the importance of this unique estuary. As an organization the Land Trust is committed to: 1) Facilitating the purchase of privately owned properties in Los Cerritos Wetlands, 2) Reconnecting and restoring this remnant estuary ecosystem, 3) Providing an educational setting for people in underserved communities to discover the wonders of southern California’s coastal wildlands, and 4) Building a culture of public stewardship for this precious resource.


Background Statement

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust for Long Beach and Seal Beach was incorporated in 2001 by dedicated individuals who grasped the vital importance of the Los Cerritos Wetlands and the urgency of saving and restoring what remained of this unique estuary. In the ensuing years, our organization and membership have grown. Today, we have upwards of 1,000 members. Our name and mission have become known to environmental groups and schools, the City of Long Beach and governing agencies of California, such as the California Coastal Commission, the Department of Fish & Game and the California Coastal Conservancy, as well as Federal agencies such as the Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Army Corps of Engineers. We are working with the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA) and each of its entities—City of Long Beach, City of Seal Beach, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the California Coastal Conservancy—to restore recently acquired portions of the Los Cerritos Wetlands.

We have dedicated volunteers who donate their time to inform and educate about the Los Cerritos Wetlands at events throughout the year and tabling at our Farmers’ Markets and other local venues. This dedication has been indispensable in our efforts to raise funds to help defray legal costs incurred in the lawsuit to stop the proposed Home Depot project directly across the street from the Los Cerritos Wetlands.

Our members come from all walks of life and cover the age spectrum from Campfire Girls to college students to full-time careerists to retirees. Our common thread is our passion and determination to purchase, preserve, protect and restore the Los Cerritos Wetlands.


Impact Statement

Top 4 Accomplishments 2017
1) Successfully navigated the Intervenor process for the AES powerplant conversion process.
2) Hosted a Sustainable Cinema Documentary Event featuring the film: Damnation with a guest speaker from Cal Trout.
3) Co-hosted a Sustainable Cinema Documentary Event and discussion with the Long Beach Indigenous Solidarity Network featuring the film: Tending The Wild and speakers from Southern California indigenous communities. 
3) Designed and initiated the first ever (state endangered) Belding's savannah sparrow monitoring program in Los Cerritos Wetlands in 2017
4) Developed a comprehensive Habitat Restoration Plan for the future acquisition of a 5 acre parcel of Los Cerritos Wetlands as the next phase of community-based stewardship programming for 2018 - 2019.
 
Top 3 Accomplishments 2016
1) Commented on the Alamitos Energy Center Preliminary staff report
2) Commented on the City of Long Beach's SEASP local coastal program update
3) Hosted "Landscape in Transition" public workshop designed to inform local constituents about the conservation effort   

Needs Statement

1) Funding for Environmental Education Programs 
2) Funding for Community-based Restoration Efforts 
3) Funding for Environmental Planning Efforts
4)Website and social media re-development 
5) Volunteer Coordinator Position
6) Support for Operations and Capacity Building 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

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Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Seal Beach and Long Beach, California. Programs target communities of Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach. 

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation & Management
  2. Education -
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Programs


Land Tours

We provide monthly land tours of Los Cerritos Wetlands. These tours explore exclusive areas that are only accessible through out partnership with the land owners. Tree different tours rotate each month and include the Raptor ramble which explores the 100-acres Hellman Ranch property, the Heron Hike which showcase a freshwater wetlands called Marketplace Marsh and the Turtle Trek which traverses the San Gabriel River in search of viewing opportunities for the threatened Pacific Green Sea Turtle.
Budget  $12,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Each month we create new stewards for Los Cerritos Wetlands.
Program Long-Term Success  Each year this program allows thousands of local citizens to discover Los Cerritos Wetlands. Without these tours there would be no way for the public to explore this land.  This has led to a growing number of people who support the future restoration of these valuable coastal habitats.
Program Success Monitored By  We keep attendance records to determine if this program is still reaching a consistent number of citizens. 
Examples of Program Success  Program participant numbers have remained steady over the past 4 years. We intend to expand our efforts and add a fourth tour in 2017.

BE Safe Program

Each summer we host members of community centers from parks located on the westside and north Long Beach to come and explore the Hellman Ranch Lowlands with our team of naturalists and environmental educators.  We provide a bus from the community center to the wetlands as well as a healthy meal for each of the participants.
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental & Urban Beautification
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Each year we educate upwards of 200 non-traditional environmental constituents about the importance of nature and conservation.
Program Long-Term Success  We have been able to provide this program for 4 years and have garnered incredible partnerships with the park's community centers. We hope that this will lead to people in this neighborhoods finding value in our wetlands.
Program Success Monitored By  The enthusiasm of the community centers to participate each year.
Examples of Program Success  We continue to have the same level of participation each year and have recently added 2 new parks.

Estuary Explorers Program

We provide transportation to and from Los Cerritos Wetlands for third and fourth grade classes to experience hands-on environmental education field trips at Zedler Marsh, a small tidal wetland in Los Cerritos Wetlands. This facility is an outdoor laboratory where students engage directly with nature, explore trails and work with local college students who are budding environmental educators.
Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Math & Science
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  This program exposes 100% of students participating in the program to Los Cerritos Wetlands in an intimate way never experienced before by students, chaperones or educators. These wetlands are not open to the public yet and this education program provides the only opportunity for students to directly touch, taste, smell and engage with this local wetlands ecosystem and we expect 80% of participants will exhibit a positive connection to the outdoors after one trip to visit the wetlands. 
Program Long-Term Success  The goal for this program is to develop long-term, committed partnerships with 10 targeted schools from Seal Beach and Long Beach school districts that will eventually contribute matching funds to provide annual field trips for all third and fourth grade students to these local wetlands in perpetuity as part of the science curriculum. For schools initially participating in the program, we expect 75% retention of schools interested in participating on an annual basis and contributing to the cost share of providing this program. 
Program Success Monitored By  We track participation numbers for all programs to determine our impact. We also provide a pre-field trip visit and survey to students and teachers from each school that participates in the program. During and after the program students readily self report changes in their relationship and feelings about nature and their local wetlands. Teachers provide a post-field trip survey and students send in summaries of their experiences to our program staff if prompted by their teachers. 
Examples of Program Success  2015 was the first pilot of this program and six classes of third and fourth grade students from one elementary school participated. Each student from the school that participated provided an elaborate thank you card and mailed them to our program staff. This school was so eager to participate again that we hosted the same school in 2016 which elicited the same positive feedback from students and teachers. We want to expand this program to serve more students in Seal Beach and Long Beach. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Lambe
CEO Term Start Jan 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Affiliations

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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Keith Simmons
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Feb 2017 - Feb 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Janice Dahl -- Voting
Mr. John Fries -- Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Lambe -- Voting
Dr. David Michalik -- Voting
Mr. Paul Morrisey -- Voting
Ms. Linda Pemberton -- Voting
Mr Keith Simmons -- Voting
Ms. Laurie Smith -- Voting
Mr. Morgan Wheeler -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 30%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $146,000.00
Projected Expenses $210,375.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990 Land Trust 2014

2013 Form 990 Land Trust 2013

2012 Form 990 Land Trust 2012

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $107,115 $154,790 $112,363
Total Expenses $182,524 $156,900 $158,981

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$33,216 $64,500 $46,149
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $0 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $54,902 $75,572 $61,345
Membership Dues $17,199 $12,411 $0
Special Events $1,798 $2,307 $4,869
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $140,398 $112,196 $112,534
Administration Expense $27,627 $33,869 $36,196
Fundraising Expense $14,499 $10,835 $10,251
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.59 0.99 0.71
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 72% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 41% 16% 20%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,451,290 $1,619,315 $1,609,215
Current Assets $37,949 $160,554 $38,587
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $12,210 $0
Total Net Assets $1,451,290 $1,607,105 $1,609,215

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf 13.15 inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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