Angeles National Forest reopens areas offering hiking, picnicking

 

News Release

USDA Forest Service

Angeles National Forest

Contact:  Sherry Rollman or John Wagner at 626-574-5208
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Angeles National Forest reopens areas offering hiking, picnicking

ARCADIA, CA — September 17, 2010,

Angeles National Forest will reopen an area about five miles long and two miles wide, northwest of Sunland, closed since the Station Fire last year.

The reopening of the Little Tujunga-Riverwood area is set for Monday (Sept. 20) and will offer the public recreation including picnicking and hiking. The area is being opened after trail improvements and storm-debris removal were completed.

The bulk of the forest's burned areas remain closed for public safety, until further notice. "The Forest Service intent is to reopen areas severely damaged in the fire over the next few years as conditions allow," said Jody Noiron, forest supervisor.

"We are developing a cohesive plan to create healthier, more sustainable ecosystems, involving water, vegetation and wildlife," Noiron said. "We are making the hard decisions toward a healthier open-space for the L.A. basin in the future."

Reopenings are taking place through a restoration plan, which engages the public on improving the health of the San Gabriel Mountains, and enlists volunteers.

The Forest Service invites volunteers, partners and others to help the forest with its natural resource conservation needs. If individuals or groups are interested in joining the efforts please visit our website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/angeles/.

The forest order for the pending reopening and an official map can also be viewed on the website.





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