Land & Resources Management

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What makes the San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest so special?

Watershed protection/Recreation for millions in the L.A. area.  One word to describe   San Gabriel Mountains....."Powerful"  big and steep and jagged. Can be rugged experience with dangers, they need to be respected. Powerful in beauty and serenity and providing a vast assortment  of  recreation to urban-bound L.A. Basin and Southland in general. Power to arouse the power of "the people" to realize the indiscriminate use and plunder of the mountain resources was causing erosion, soil depletion, and flooding - wasting the most precious cache/cargo "water" and it's destructive toll on washing away crops, orchards, ranches etc. The People responded thru political power and concern for conservation and care of the land to petition for protection of the San Gabriel Mountains under the Timberland Reserve Act of 1891.. Thus granted in 1892 eventually becoming the Angeles National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest.     

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As an Urban National Forest, the Angeles National Forest joins other urban forests across the country to provide a wide range of products and services to the American people.

This section includes information about forest planning, current projects and forest resource management and programs.


Projects are proposed and actions are analyzed through the NEPA process (Environmental Impact Statement, Environmental Assessment, or Categorical Exclusion) that involve analyzing different alternatives to the proposed action.  The result in a NEPA decision (Record of Decision, Decision Notice, or Decision Memo), which may be subject to an administrative appeals process, and then is ultimately implemented on the ground.


Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan

In March 2011 the Pacific Southwest Region of the US Forest Service released a statement of its Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration, which laid out the Region's guiding vision and goals for its stewardship of wildland and forests for the next 15-20 years. This plan reflects the Regional leadership's current thinking on how the Leadership Intent will be implemented.

Key Contacts

Angeles National Forest Mountains

Angeles National Forest

Know Before You Go!

Know Before You Go!