The devastating Station Fire of August 2009 closed or destroyed areas used for camping and hiking. The Angeles National Forest reopened about a dozen areas previously closed since the Station Fire last year.
The reopening was on Wednesday, May 26 and now offers the public access to hiking, picnicking and camping.
“We are developing a comprehensive recovery plan that will create healthier, more sustainable ecosystems, involving water, vegetation and wildlife,” said Jody Noiron, Forest Supervisor. “We are making the hard choices now as to how to do this, and developing our vision for moving towards a healthier open-space for the LA basin in the future. This includes determining where to make investments to restore habitat or infrastructure, what materials to use and how to go about getting the work done.”
Locations accessible include the Magic Mountain Wilderness and vast majorities of Pleasant View Wilderness, West Fork of the San Gabriel River, Rincon Shortcut Road, Millard Campground, Chilao, Bandito, Horse Flats, Meadow Loop, Manzanita Loop and Coulter recreation areas.
“What this will mean to the residents of the Los Angeles basin is a sustainable supply of water and healthier open space for their long-tem enjoyment and benefit.” Noiron said.
The bulk of the burned areas remain closed for rehabilitation and 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.
“Even though many of the restoration efforts will not occur until next year, our restoration plan presents an opportunity right now to engage the public in learning how important improving the health of the San Gabriel Mountain’s ecosystem is to their own quality of life. We actively encourage volunteers, partners and others to help the forest with the natural resource conservation needs.”
Individuals or groups interested in joining the restoration efforts can visit the Angeles website, here.
Individuals or organizations holding special-use permits for sanctioned activities within the Forest continue to be exempt from this order.