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Angeles National Forest draws flood of visitors, trickle of resources

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Rebecca Kimitch
Sunday, September 5, 2010

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - This Labor Day weekend, thousands of people will be drawn to the cool rivers, scenic trails and fresh air along the canyon of the San Gabriel River.

And while they will find a beautiful natural respite from the urban valley below, they will also find creeksides littered with trash, rocks covered in graffiti, precarious access to the river's edge and sparse restrooms and information signs.

Our View: Connecting the dots of green space

Monday, July 12, 2010

EASTERNERS, among whom we count those folks from President Obama's cabinet visiting our Valley this week who are part of America's Great Outdoors initiative, can't help but be awed by our open space inventory.

Everything in the West is bigger in scope, including right here - from Mount Wilson's 5,710 feet plateau to Mount Baldy's 10,064 feet apex. Even our magnificent canyons, San Gabriel Canyon and Big Santa Anita Canyon, two close-by entrances to the 102-year-old, 655,387-acre Angeles National Forest, are large and much mightier than anything on the East Coast.

Community leaders appeal to Obama administration for more park access

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Rebecca Kimitch
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hundreds of community leaders and environmentalists sent a collective message to a group of high-level Obama Administration officials at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Wednesday: We need more parks, we need more exercise and we need more of your help getting both.

They made the appeals to the president's top environmental policy advisor and to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency during a public forum on the banks of Legg Lake. In particular, they sought federal help getting improved access to the nearby San Gabriel Mountains.

Our View: Are you truly the outdoors type?

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

 

CHALK it up to the persistence of The Wilderness Society and San Gabriel Mountains Forever. When the Obama administration announced plans to bring its national tour promoting America's Great Outdoors initiative listening sessions to Southern California, this Thursday afternoon's official session at Occidental College wasn't close enough to the heart of the San Gabriel Valley for them.

Obama officials coming to Whittier Narrows to talk about outdoor recreation opportunities

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Rebecca Kimitch
Thursday, July 1, 2010

SOUTH EL MONTE - Officials from the Obama Administration will meet with local environmental and community groups at Whittier Narrows on Wednesday to discuss their concerns about the quality and quantity of outdoor recreation opportunities in the San Gabriel Valley.

The event, open to the public, will cast a national spotlight on the San Gabriel Mountains and River and allow local officials to highlight the need for additional federal resources to provide outdoor opportunities to residents of the park-starved San Gabriel Valley, according to event organizers.

Hikers, campers find alternate areas to recreate after Station Fire

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Brenda Gazzar
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

 

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - Don Bremner of Pasadena and his fellow Sierra Club hikers have hardly given up their passion for the sport, despite last year's devastating Station Fire.

Since large swaths of the Angeles National Forest were closed last fall, the outdoor and environmental organization has had to cancel, change the location, or alter transportation routes on many of its scheduled hikes in the area.

San Gabriel Valley open-space advocates to get a little quality time with top federal environmental officials

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Rebecca Kimitch
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

 

Local environmental organizations say the San Gabriel Valley will get valuable face time with some of the Obama administration's highest-level environmental policy officials next month to voice concerns about outdoor recreation opportunities here.

Local parks advocates woo Obama officials

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Rebecca Kimitch
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

If Belinda Faustinos gets her way, President Barack Obama will be sitting in the El Monte Community Center sometime in the coming months learning about local endeavors to protect open spaces and reconnect kids with the great outdoors.

Faustinos, the executive officer of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, knows her wish is a long shot, so she also has a more realistic, but still challenging, goal: getting high level officials from the Obama administration here.

A Push to Preserve the San Gabriels

Los Angles Times
Louis Sahagan
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Environmentalists, cities, scientists and hikers want a larger portion of the mountain range and its rivers shielded from pollution and population woes with strong federal protections.

 

The river ripples cold around his waders as Bill Reeves casts a dry fly onto a pool edged with alders on the bottom of a canyon deep in the San Gabriel Mountains.

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