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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Park Service (NPS) released a study last week, detailing how California's San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains might fit into the National Park System.
The Draft San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment is now open for public review. For Angelenos, this potentially means more protection and outdoor recreation.
National Park Service opens door to more parks and recreation in San Gabriel mountains, valley, riverMay 30th, 2012
More than 700,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, River and Valley and Puente Hills were deemed nationally significant and therefore suitable for inclusion in the National Park system, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Interior.
The Draft San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study concluded that the mountains and the Puente Hills met the criteria for a national designation and that all or portions could come under federal protection and management if approved by Congress.
LOS ANGELES - San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF) applauded the release today of the National Park Service draft study and environmental assessment that advances a proposal for a San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area that would benefit millions of visitors.
The rugged mountains that define the northern boundary of the San Gabriel Valley offer adventures for the daring and timid alike. The Angeles National Forest, which overlays most of the San Gabriel Mountain range, provides Los Angeles County with 70 percent of its public open space. It draws more than 3.5 million visitors every year, making it one of the most visited forests in the country. These visitors explore the peaks and canyons, soaking up sun or soaking their toes in the cool flowing rivers.