Angeles National Forest near Mt. Wilson and Redbox off CA Hwy 2, CA — A National Trails Day event was hosted by the US Forest Service and volunteer groups to restore, rebuild, and maintain the trails of the Mt. Wlison trail system, Gabrielino National Recreation Trail, and the Strawberry Peak Trail on the Angeles National Forest on Saturday June 2, 2012.
|More than 200 volunteers came out to support their backyard forest.|
More than 200 volunteers ranging from families to organized groups came together to fix ruts, repair drainages, remove downed wood, and clear brush off highly valued trails in the Angeles National Forest. The volunteers cleared close to 4 miles of trail combined, “It is great to have the support and help from all of these volunteers for these trails in Los Angeles’s Backyard” said Mike McIntyre, Los Angeles River Ranger District Ranger. "National Trails Day is a great way to encourage the border community to take an active roll in the stewardship of the trail systems used by so many."
With assistance from the US Forest Service Angeles National Forest, REI, Boy Scouts of America, National Forest Foundation (NFF), Concerned Off Road Bicycling Association (CORBA), Mt. Wilson Bicycling Association, Bear Canyon Trail Crew, and JPL Trailbuilders and other community members and groups the trails were made passable. Initial work was started on the beloved Strawberry Peak Trail, but more work will be needed to reopen the trail. "The importance of being directly involved with the restoration and stewardship of our forests and trails, is so important to REI and its communities”, said Jean Lim from REI. The Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center hosted activities and entertainment adding to the celebratory atmosphere of the day.
National Trails Day is a is part of a national effort in which volunteers across the country are working on projects to benefit the National Forests in their own backyards and “is a fantastic way to have the community come out and work together to support sustainable recreation” said NFF California Program Director Vance Russell. “One of the best thing about the National Trails Day is that word of the event reaches many people who have never done trailwork" said Steve Messer of CORBA's trail crew. "We saw many new faces in addition to our trail crew regulars at Saturday's event."For further details, contact Edward Belden at 805.258.2500.
About the Angeles National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov/angeles)
The Angeles National Forest is situated in one of the most populated and culturally diverse areas in the nation. The forest is a scenic outdoor treasure, providing a postcard-like backdrop for the Los Angeles Basin. The Angeles National Forest was established on Dec. 20, 1892 and was the first National Forest in California and the second in the United States. At the time the forest was created, the surrounding Los Angeles County had a population of just 115,000 people. The forest today receives 4 million visitors annually for primarily day use recreation activities such as waterplay, hiking, picnicking, bike riding, equestrian use, and off-highway vehicle use. Today, the forest is the source of 33 percent of all downstream water in the Los Angeles basin. Nine federally listed threatened and endangered plant and animal species and more than 50 Forest Service sensitive species have been identified on the Angeles, including California condor, mountain yellow-legged frog and bighorn sheep. In addition to recreation, wildlife and wilderness values the forest also provides critical infrastructure for the L.A. basin including power lines, telecommunications, flood control and gas pipelines.
REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI operates retail stores nationwide, two online stores – http://www.rei.com<http://www.rei.com/> and http://www.REI-OUTLET.com<http://www.rei-outlet.com/> – and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures. REI offers products from all of the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, snow sports and travel, including its own line of award-winning outdoor gear andapparel. While anyone may join or shop at REI, members pay a one-time $20 fee and receive a share in the company’s profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases. As an active supporter of the communities in which it does business, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through education, volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.
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