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In Ballona Wetlands preserve, homeless are unwanted intruders
In Ballona Wetlands preserve, homeless are unwanted intruders

As land manager of the Ballona Wetlands just south of Marina del Rey, ecologist Richard Brody thinks he has a "dream" job — but one that comes with an unusual caveat. Along with being able to name nearly every type of flower, tree and animal dotting the 600-acre state preserve, he must fight a seemingly endless stream of homeless people who try to take root there. Brody was hired in October 2013 to manage the preserve and address the growing number of encampments and the problems they have created. Parts of the wetlands have been littered with syringes and liquor bottles that can endanger wildlife. And the underbrush can serve as a hiding place for suspected vandals and...

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