Southern California environment news and trends

Court orders reevaluation of Southland forest areas

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Angeles National Forest.

Approximately one million acres across four Southern California forests are to be reexamined by the U.S. Forest Service, with the potential of hundreds of thousands of those acres being rezoned into “recommended wilderness” and “back country non-motorized” areas.

As reported by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the updated evaluations could restrict some off-road recreation, decommission unused roads and help revitalize the natural habitat of endangered species like steelhead trout and the California condor.

"These are also some of the best places for hiking and camping,” said Paul Spitler, director of wilderness policy for The Wilderness Society. “Some outstanding beautiful spots in the forests, with waterfalls and streams ... great places for Southern Californians to get away from it all."