LA Landscape History is the nucleus of an ongoing project to study the historical ecology of the Los Angeles Basin and environs. 

The first phase of the project is the completion of “Historical Ecology of the Los Angeles River and Watershed” (HELAR) a two-year study funded by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, released on this website in June of 2020.

The Principal Investigators of that study, Phil Ethington and Travis Longcore, serve as coordinators of the project for its planned Phase 2, to include more collaborators and produce more fine-grained studies at the neighborhood level, building on the geodatabase launched during Phase 1.

The 2018-2020 HELAR Project Team included:
William Deverell, Department of History, USC
Philip Ethington, Department of History and Spatial Sciences Institute, USC
Travis Longcore, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA
Beau MacDonald, Spatial Sciences Institute, USC
Gary Stein, Department of History, USC