Surfridge Estates serves as LA’s environmental gem

A major restoration effort is being planned for the dunes near LAX. The history behind the natural habitat is so rich.

Developed in the 1920s and 1930s, it was an expensive neighborhood called Surfridge.

“It was sold as a place where one could have enchanted days and romantic nights. It was the sand, the ocean, the air. It was all the romance of Southern California in one place,” said travel blogger Sandi Hammerlein.

It was exclusive property by the sea! But as LAX grew, Surfridge shrank and eventually disappeared, leaving dunes that surprisingly became home to nearly 1,000 species of flora and fauna.

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“This is a very unique habitat that many species depend on, and the ‘blue butterfly’ in particular. Its host plant is Seacliff Buckwheat. It will not use any other kind of plant. It just uses it. It has its whole life cycle. is on this one native plant and the non-native and elusive ones that come in here, “said Chris Enyard of the Bay Foundation. “They can threaten that.”

“Back in 1973, this area was closed in part because of the El Segundo Blue Butterfly. It was listed in 1976 as a federally endangered species,” said environmentalist Nancy Price.

What no one expected was that the dunes would become home to over 900 species of plants and animals.

It’s a reminder of days gone by and the revival of nature in LA’s backyard. “I think it’s important to have something to give back to future generations. Really, you get this opportunity to make something out of it. And you’re able to share it with your family; share it with the community. that comes here, “Price said.

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