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Congress to decide between Park Service or Forest Service

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
Sunday, November 27, 2011

Six years of studies costing more than $500,000, two months of public meetings and years of debate are over.

The question of whether the National Park Service should step in and co-manage the San Gabriel Mountains, San Gabriel River and a portion of the Puente Hills is headed for Congress in December.

But the complicated proposal which marries one federal agency with another, belies a more fundamental question: Will the region get more funding for recreational uses under the NPS? Or should the region stick with the U.S. Forest Service alone?

Park Service to mull over mountains

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Ray Bowden
Monday, November 21, 2011

Santa Clarita Valley residents may not have to travel quite as far to enjoy resources commonly managed by the National Park Service if recommendations of a congressional study are approved, two NPS officials said last week.

The outcome of the study will affect Santa Clarita Valley residents because the city sits on the far western edge of the San Gabriel Mountain Range, and a portion of the Santa Clara Watershed is located within the city, said Barbara Butler, National Park Service landscape architect.

Naturaleza en Los Ángeles: Se Propone Enorme Área de Recreación

Eastside Sun
Stephanie Carroll Carson, California News Service
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Escalones rotos, edificios deteriorados y senderos sin mantenimiento es lo que saluda a los que visitan las varias áreas de las Montañas de San Gabriel que rodean Los Ángeles. Grupos comunitarios, incluyendo la Asociación San Gabriel Mountains Forever (Montañas de San Gabriel por Siempre) quieren cambiar la situación con la creación de un área de recreación nacional que rodearía Los Ángeles con un tamaño tres veces la Ciudad de Nueva York.

City to host land management discussion

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The city of Santa Clarita will host a meeting to discuss management of the San Gabriel Mountains, parklands and open space from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the George A. Caravalho Activities Center in Canyon Country.

Park service officials will discuss four visions of management for the mountains that could affect the Santa Clarita Valley and other communities adjoining the national forest.

The park service's final recommendations are due to go to Congress later this year.

National Park Officials Want To Hear From You About Our Surrounding Wild Area (KHTS AM1220)
Carol Rock
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Local nature lovers are hoping to pack the room tomorrow night when the National Park Service will hold a meeting in Santa Clarita to discuss their alternatives for a National Recreation Area. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Activities Center of the city's Sports Complex on Centre Pointe Parkway.

Angeles National Forest proposed as recreational area

Antelope Valley Press
Monday, November 14, 2011

Palmdale - Antelope Valley residents can make comments tonights on a proposal to convert Angeles National Forest and possibly other ares of Southern California into a national recreation area managed by the National Park Service.

To read the full story.

Bringing the Outdoors to LA: Huge Recreation Area Proposed

Public News Service
Stephanie Carroll Carson
Monday, November 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Broken steps, dilapidated buildings and unkempt paths are what currently greet visitors in many areas of the San Gabriel Mountains around the city of Los Angeles. Community groups, including the organization San Gabriel Mountains Forever, want to change that with the creation of a national recreation area that would encompass a region around LA three times the size of New York City. 

Allison Allport-Counseller is an LA native who just discovered hiking and the beauty of the surrounding mountains a few years ago.

More than 150 People Pack National Park Service Public Meeting!

San Gabriel Mountains Forever Pushes for National Recreation Area
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It began as a promising community dream eight years ago to create a San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area.  And on Saturday, October 29 in the City of El Monte, that vision took a big step forward when the community turned out to tell the National Park Service that now, more than ever, they need and want a recreation area.

Diverse support shown for National Park Service proposal for San Gabriel Mountains, River

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
Saturday, October 29, 2011

EL MONTE - More than 150 people jammed the senior center here Saturday to support a proposal by the National Parks Service to draw a line around nearly 600,0000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, foothills, San Gabriel and Rio Hondo rivers and portions of the Puente Hills and call it a National Recreation Area.

National Park Service hearing on Saturday in El Monte

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
Thursday, October 27, 2011

When Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar needed to pick two projects in California to feature in a 50-state report, he chose improvements to the San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers as one of the most promising projects for the federal agency to support.

The other was the restoration of the San Joaquin River in Northern California.

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