CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2004 |
Because rain has reduced fire hazards, several wilderness areas that had been closed to the public since May will reopen Monday, fire officials said. They include south of Bonita Canyon Drive, Sand Canyon Avenue and the San Diego Freeway to Pacific Coast Highway, as well as west of Laguna Canyon Road to the Newport Beach Wildland/Urban Interface of Buck Gully in Corona del Mar.
April 21, 2002
Three cheers for John Balzar's April 17 commentary, "Charging to the End of Paradise," protesting the Bush administration's plans to make permanent the charging of "recreational" fees to visit any wilderness area that is maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. Not enough people are aware of this encroachment on the free use of public land, which we have already paid to buy and maintain, and of the rapid commercialization that goes along with fee-for-use. Yes, there are many more important issues to be concerned about, issues dealing with our security, health, finances and the proliferation of violence at home and abroad, but ready access to wilderness sites for recreation and enjoyment of nature is of real value to all of us. Those who care about the wilderness will be taking note of the June 15 national protest date.
March 12, 1992
The City Council voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to designate the South Hills area as a wilderness, prohibiting its use for business, housing and vehicles. The hilly area of more than 200 acres is bordered by Big Dalton Wash on the north, Glendora Avenue on the west, the Foothill Freeway (210) on the south and a rough line formed by a series of cul-de-sacs extending from Hunters Trail on the east. It incorporates the area previously called South Hills Park.
March 29, 1990
The city of Glendale has been awarded $200,000 in state funds to begin improving a wilderness recreation area that provides access to miles of hiking and riding trails in the Los Angeles area. The funds, allocated last week by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, will be used to develop a master plan for the Gov. George Deukmejian Wilderness Park, a 702-acre mountainside preserve in the La Crescenta foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
February 1, 2009 |
Coming up with a list of California's ultimate parks and wild places is like being asked to choose your favorite family member. Each one is special in his own way, even that annoying brother who still owes you $100. How can you pick? If you choose the most popular parks, you end up with a list of the state's most crowded and overdeveloped parks. (Old Town San Diego State Historic Park averages 5 million visitors a year but is more like a collection of historic buildings than a park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1992 |
The vast majority of Los Padres National Forest will remain open to campers and hunters despite earlier cautions that it could be closed after Labor Day because of the high fire danger, an official said Tuesday. Forestry officials last month considered closing the wilderness area after the Labor Day weekend if fire conditions remained hazardous, said Los Padres National Forest spokeswoman Kathy Good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1986 |
How the city should develop more than 500 acres of green wilderness it owns off Laguna Canyon Road will be discussed at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday. The city bought the land, called Sycamore Hills, about a decade ago. Sixty-two acres of the original purchase are now being developed along El Toro Road, but 522 acres remain city property, said June Catalano, director of community development.
July 7, 1986 |
This remote cliff country, crisscrossed by roaring canyon streams swollen by melting mountain snow and choked with dense brush and tall timber, has a name so new it has yet to appear on California maps. It is the state's newest wilderness area, set aside by Congress in October, 1984, to protect the natural and archeological resources from as much human intrusion as possible.
December 6, 1989 |
President Bush signed legislation Tuesday designating 733,400 acres of protected wilderness in Nevada and opening 2.4 million more acres to multiple use under the management of the Agriculture Department. The measure creates 13 new wilderness areas in Nevada and adds to one other existing area. That would put 2% of the state's land under wilderness protection, preventing development and such uses as timber harvesting, mineral exploration or intrusion by campers in vehicles.
December 25, 2010 |
A new front has opened in the centuries-old battle over preserving federal lands in the West, with some advocates of a tighter border arguing that designating some lands as wilderness ? meaning they are so precious that no mechanized vehicle can enter ? hinders border security. The U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies can take vehicles into wilderness areas while chasing lawbreakers. But to patrol the lands by vehicle, plant sensors or build operating bases, they must get permission from the federal agency controlling the region.