Angeles National Forest Defensible Space Project
The Angeles National Forest is preparing an Environmental Assessment to analyze the effects of allowing private landowners adjacent to National Forest System lands to clear vegetation in accordance with County codes. The purpose is to reduce the risk of losing structures in a wildfire. A scoping comment period was held in April 2011, and for the Draft EA in June 2014. The project is subject to administrative review (objections) under 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B. Only those who submitted timely project-specific written comments will be eligible to file an objection. When a proposed decision and the final Environmental Assessment are available they will be posted here, along with information on teh objection period.
Angeles National Forest Seed and Cutting Collection
The Angeles National Forest is proposing to collect native seed and cuttings by hand for replanting on the forest. The purpose is to restore disturbed vegetation and wildlife habitat conditions in disturbed locations across the forest. Collection of seed and cuttings will follow a set of prescriptions designed to avoid over harvesting or otherwise impacting plant communitites and habitat. Wilderness, Recommended Wilderness, and the San Dimas Experimental Forest will be excluded from the project.
Aquatic Invasive Removal in Devils Canyon, San Gabriel Wilderness Area
The Forest Service proposes to remove aquatic non-native species within Devils Canyon. The project will involve the use of nets and backpack electroshockers to remove non-native species that prey on the federally endangered mountain yellow-legged frog. This project occurs in the San Gabriel Mountains Wilderness, but will not involve motorized equipment or mechanical transport. See links below for further details and a map.
This project was subject to notice, comment, and appeal regulations, 36 CFR 215. A 30-day public comment period was held in July 2013. Because of changes in laws and regulations enacted by Congress in 2014, the project is not longer subject to appeal.
Los Angeles County- Big Tujunga Canyon Highway Maintenance
The Angeles National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposal to maintain Big Tujunga Highway. An unreinforced wall of 450' length and 20' high is severely eroded by constant water scouring. The proposal is to reinforce this wall with riprap. A temporary water diversion structure will be placed in the middle of the streambed to divert water. The proposal is subject to 36 CFR 218, Suparts A and B, for pre-decisional objections. This comment period is to allow public input into the scope of issues, and to provide an opportunity to comment on proposed actions, as required by these regulations. Please see the legal notice for detailed instructions on submitting comments, and on the objection process. Because this website was not updated until April 23, comments will be accepted until May 7.
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. Line 63 Re-Route
The Angeles National Forest, Santa Clara Mojave Rivers Ranger District, is preparing an Environmental Assessment for a proposal by Plains All-American Pipeline LP, to re-route a 14,000 foot segment of a 14-inch crude oil pipeline known as Line 63. The project would meet requirements of a District Court Consent Decree(2010) for returning crude oil into Line. The pipe will be installed via a combination of conventional trenching and horizontal drilling. A scoping and proposed action comment period was held from February 19 until March 21. Click onthe project link for additional information including a detailed project descriptionwith figures and maps. Since no comments were recieved during the comment period, the decision will not be subject to further review. When a final decision notice is available it will be posted here.
San Gabriel River Ranger District Administrative Sites Defense Zones and Evacuation Routes
The USDA Forest Service, Angeles National Forest (ANF) is seeking comment on a proposal by the San Gabriel River Ranger District to improve and maintain defense zones and evacuation routes for administrative sites across the District. Sites include recreation residences, communication sites, and campgrounds that currently lack adequate defensible space for protection from unwanted effects of wildfire. These strategic point protection measures will enhance the safety and resiliency of recreation sites and infrastructure while providing for safer working conditions for firefighters and evacuation routes for Forest users. Please send comments to: email@example.com, in e-mail text, or in a readable format (.doc, .pdf, .txt, .rtf); or by mail to: San Gabriel River Ranger District, Attn: Dan OConnor, 110 North Wabash Ave, Glendora, CA 91741. Paper copies available upon request.
Southern California National Forests Land Management Plan Amendment
The Southern California National Forests (the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests) are developing a proposed amendment for the Land Management Plans (LMPs) adopted in 2006. The proposed amendment would revise land use zone allocations for select Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) within the four forests and amend LMP monitoring protocols. This proposed LMP amendment is a result of the Settlement Agreement approved January 3, 2011 for California Resources Agency, et al vs. United States Department of Agriculture, and Center for Biological Diversity, et al vs. United States Department of Agriculture.
Scoping began on April 27, 2012 and closed on June 11, 2012. One EIS will be prepared with a Record of Decision (ROD) for each Land Management Plan. This joint planning process will maintain the consistent management direction and format across the four Forests.
Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project Supplemental EIS
The Forest Service has released a draft Record of Decision (ROD), for the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project Supplemental EIS. The Final SEIS was published in October 2013. On National Forest System lands, the project would install marker balls on 111 wire spans and lights on 3 towers, according to Federal Aviation Administration recommendations. This project is subject to objections pursuant to 36 CFR 218, Subparts A and B. Only those who submitted timely, project-specific written comments are eligible to file an objection. The time period for filing objections began on June 13, 2014 with the publication of a legal notice in the Los Angeles Times. The objection filing period ends on July 28, 2014. The Final EIS, text of the legal notice, and Draft ROD are available by clicking on the project link. Please see the legal notice for instructions on filing an objection.
Williamson Rock and Pacific Crest Trail
The Angeles National Forest has taken public input on a proposal to provide limited recreational access to the Williamson Rock climbing area and the Pacific Crest Trail, near Little Rock Creek and Cooper Canyon north of Highway 2. This area has been closed to recreation since 2006 to protect critical habitat for the Mountain yellow-legged frog. The project occurs within the Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness and the Little Rock Creek eligible Wild and Scenic River. Proposed activities include seasonal and long term closures, and construction of a trail, trail bridge, barriers, and minor improvements to staging areas and trailheads. Based on issues identified through public comment, the project will proceed with an Environmental Impact Statement. An additional comment period will begin in June with the publication of a Notice of Intent. For more details, including project maps, please click on the project link above and review the scoping letter.
Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project
The Forest Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project (BRRTP). The ROD will allow the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to construct 13 miles of powerlines, and upgrade an additional 17 miles. The selected route is the San Francisquito Canyon utility corridor. Please click on the project link to see the ROD and a legal notice. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is available at: http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp009508.jsp.
This decision is subject to administrative review (appeal) pursuant to 36 CFR Part 215. Only that portion of the project affecting National Forest System lands is subject to appeals. Appeals may be filed for 45 days starting June 29, the day after publication of a legal notice in the LA Times. See the ROD and legal notice for more information on filing an appeal.
Santa Clara River Watershed Invasive Plant Treatment Project
District Ranger Wilburn Blount signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact on 8/16/2013 approving this project. The selected alternative allows several methods, including herbicides, to control, contain, or eradicate plant species that are undesirable or that harm, noxious, harmful, or injurious. The project will occur for the next 15 years on National Forest System lands, within the Santa Clara River Watershed. The project area includes the mountains north and west of Santa Clarita, and south of Highway 14.
Final project documents are available at the project link above. Hardcopies are available by request at the district office, 33708 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510, (661) 269-2808.
This decision is not subject to administrative review (appeal) pursuant to 36 CFR 215.12, because no substantive comments of concern or only supportive comments were received. A legal notice was published in the LA Daily News on 10/30/2013, and implementation is underway.
Black Oak Mistletoe Project 2010
This project intends to focus on restoration of the Black Oak stand through management of the mistletoe infestation using several eradication techniques and by promoting understory regeneration through planting.
Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.