Huge swath of Angeles National Forest reopens

Times Community News
Friday, May 25, 2012

Source: Beige Luciano-Adams and Jason Wells, Times Community News

Danny Saunders, 20 of Arcadia, talks about working for the Student Conservation Association’s Angeles Wildfire Recovery Project at the Wildwood Picnic Area in Big Tujunga Canyon in the Angeles National Forest in 2011. (Times Community News / May 25, 2012)

41,000 acres of land reopens three years after it was closed due to the Station fire.

Nature enthusiasts will have something to celebrate this Memorial Day weekend after roughly 41,000 acres in Angeles National Forest that were closed in the wake of the Station fire reopen to the public today.

The U.S. Forest Service closed large swaths of land in the wake of the massive Station fire in 2009, which charred 11,000 acres in what became the worst fire in Los Angeles County history.

After the fire, the Forest Service closed off a huge area of the mountainous terrain as officials embarked upon a massive reforestation effort, including weed clearance, tree planting and other measures to shore up trails and other areas that were left weakened and unsafe without the protection of vegetation. …continue reading