The Bernard Field Station
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The Bernard Biological Field Station is a plot of undeveloped land currently used by the colleges as an outdoor research lab. It also hosts an award-winning environmental education program for local elementary students, providing some of these kids with their only exposure to California’s natural environment. The Bernard Field Station (BFS) contains one of the largest remaining concentrations of Coastal Sage Scrub, the endangered ecosystem that once covered all of LA County - building on this site would do irreparable environmental harm. KGI has not even addressed the risks of potential escape onto the land of genetically modified organisms in the case of earthquake or fire.
BFS is also the former village site of the Tongva people, and they strongly oppose the plan to build on the BFS. There is a high likelihood that there are still undiscovered artifacts on the land; the Tongva consider the BFS a vital link to their past. In a blatant disregard for the rights of indigenous people, the colleges and the city have gone ahead with plans to pave over this last parcel of indigenous land.
See the Students for the Field Station home page for photos and more information on the struggle to preserve BFS.
Also see The Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station official web site for further information on BFS use, procedures, and management, history, environment, and biota.
Photos copyright 2001 Josh Kline. Used with permission.
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