CCLB employs at-risk youth to provide various conservation services throughout the greater Long Beach and Gateways Cities area. They show up in uniform, ready to work and supervised by a staff supervisor. On any given day, CCLB can dispatch up to a dozen crews – or a labor force of more than 75 young people – as far and wide as the San Bernardino Mountains to the Channel Islands.

CCLB Conservation & Community Services include:

URBAN GREENING

  • Urban forestry, tree planting, and maintenance
  • Parkway and trail installation and maintenance
  • Community garden development and implementation
  • Landscape construction
  • Construction equipment operation and safety training
  • Hard-scape construction
  • Demolition and de-construction
  • Steam cleaning, hard-scape maintenance, & graffiti removal
  • Litter abatement and recycling

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • Solar photovoltaic installation and maintenance
  • Weatherization
  • Energy auditing services

WATER QUALITY & CONSERVATION

  • Wetlands restoration, removal of invasive species, and riparian health improvement
  • Rainwater catchment & collections systems design, installation, and maintenance
  • Bioswale and groundwater recharge system installation
  • Smart irrigation system installation and maintenance
  • Turf removal & drought tolerant landscape installation

FOREST RESTORATION & FUEL ELIMINATION

  • Fuelbreak maintenance and expansion
  • Construction and installation of off-highway vehicle barriers
  • Vertical mulching and clearing

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION/INTERPRETATION

  • National Forest Foundation Conservation Corps Partnership
  • Interpretation and stewardship guidance to the public in Cleveland National Forest
  • Outreach and education to the public throughout the City of Long Beach and other partnering cities

 

Example Projects:

DeForest Wetlands – North Long Beach

In partnership with the City of Long Beach, CCLB is currently working to fix broken irrigation systems and restore native wetlands along the lower Los Angeles River. Eventually, CCLB will have a satellite site on location to better serve the lower LA River and to provide an education program for the general public. Click on the images below!

El Dorado Park – Long Beach

Recently, CCLB worked to replace curb bumps to help keep cars on the designated roads and pedestrians on the designated walking paths. Curb bumps also help control erosion and reduce unwanted vegetation disturbance.

Fire Restoration – Angeles National Forest

CCLB completed a collaboration with NFWF, USFS, American Conservation Experience, and Los Angeles Conservation Corps, helping to restore native vegetation in fire burn scar regions. CCLB constructed no-dig OHV barriers and then installed them throughout Angeles National Forest, as well as collected hundreds of pounds of illegally dumped waste. Click on the images below! To see a video on this project, visit our Press page.

Dominguez Gap – Bixby Knolls

While CCLB has not yet begun work on this river project, but the partnerships and funding have been secured! CCLB will be planting nearly 60 trees and installing irrigation along a portion of the LA River. This will provide shade for the ecosystem and the pedestrians who use the trail system, in addition to helping filter stormwater runoff and reduce greenhouse gases.