June 6, 1997 |
To loosely paraphrase Joni Mitchell, much of our Southern California paradise has been paved into one gigantic parking lot. Luckily, in the hills beyond our strip malls, drive-thrus and chop shops, much of beautiful California remains, protected by national parks, national forests and the state park system. Here, in true Chris Berman fashion, are just a few of the highlights: NATIONAL PARKS * Yosemite National Park is the big kahuna.
June 11, 1997 |
As of Monday, visitors will have to dig into their pockets to hike, bike or swim in four Southern California national forests because of a pilot program to raise millions of dollars for improvements. The three-year program, approved by Congress last year, targets the eroding trails and services in Los Padres, Angeles, Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests. The fees will be $5 a day or $30 for an annual pass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1992 |
When pioneer conservationist John Muir visited the San Gabriel Mountains in the 1870s, he found chaparral so thick the bears had trouble getting through it. Muir himself was compelled to do part of his exploring "on hands and knees," he later wrote. The area is easily traveled today, thanks to a network of paved roads that brings millions of visitors--and a host of urban ills--to what is now the Angeles National Forest, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
January 14, 1993 |
In a controversial move, the U.S. Forest Service imposed tough new restrictions Wednesday on logging throughout the Sierra Nevada to protect the California spotted owl. The restrictions, banning clear-cutting and the logging of the largest and oldest trees from the Oregon border south to Sequoia National Forest, are scheduled to take effect in March. They will apply for at least two years while scientists continue their studies of the owl and its habitat needs.
July 10, 1997 |
Despite opposition by virtually every major environmental group in California, the House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a plan to reduce the threat of wildfires in the Sierra Nevada by increasing logging across three national forests. The plan, which could help break a long and bitter stalemate over the management of western U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1992
The U.S. Forest Service, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Angeles National Forest, drew attention Thursday to the forest's unique vulnerability to environmental damage and urban problems because of its proximity to Los Angeles. The forest is beset by litter, graffiti, vandalism, illegal dumping and commuter traffic from motorists seeking shortcuts through the mountains, said forest Supervisor Michael J. Rogers.