Eleven years ago this coming April I started volunteering for habitat restoration projects in Long Beach. In that time I have been fortunate enough to see the Colorado Lagoon’s storm drains fixed, 83,000 cubic yards of contamination removed, over 15,000 plants installed, and tens of thousands of local youth educated. I have also seen a struggling conservation effort at the Los Cerritos Wetlands grow to a point where a government agency now owns approximately 200 acres of wetlands, a long-term restoration plan is on the books, endangered species are being carefully monitored, and positive engagement with the surrounding community is at an all-time high. More than all that, I have seen more young environmental leaders come to the conservation effort. One of the things I am most proud of is the opportunity to give internship and employment opportunities to over 65 young environmental professionals. A new generation of environmental leaders will rise through their promising careers with Long Beach as their training ground. After these 11 years, it is time for me however to take the inspiration that I’ve received from these valuable projects and passionate people into new venues. As of January 1, 2015, I will not be on the Tidal Influence team working on these great projects. Starting in the new year the team that I helped train and build the foundation for will be in the most optimal position to take these conservation efforts even further.
Eric and I started developing our company in August of 2008. With the team of dedicated staff that we’ve been blessed with we’ve accomplished a lot. This team has included not just our staff, interns and volunteers but our non-profit and municipal partners . Eric and Tidal Influence will continue to dedicate their resources toward furthering the mission of protecting and restoring southern California’s natural resources.
With me leaving the company, an opportunity will open for new passionate eyes to look at our current environmental situation. A fresh perspective and a new level of commitment will emerge through the new leaders representing Tidal Influence under Eric’s guidance. Be prepared to meet some new faces in leadership roles at Tidal Influence. These people will be standing on the successes we’ve built together but with the added benefit of inspired eyes and a team of tried and true resources.
It has been my pleasure and honor to work on saving critical habitat and endangered species in and around Long Beach. Thank you.