© a Quinn Martin production
Lots of you have been asking what you can do to help. This year's resolution is to affect change on The Angeles and take back OUR forest. I will have an online petition circulating soon. Thanks everybody.

I originally wanted to blog about my adventures in the San Gabriel Mountains. I have some good stories, like the time I took a donkey to Ralph's Supermarket. But then the Station Fire started. I realized that there is much that needs to be brought to the attention of the mountain going public. Most folks are kept in the dark about how the Angeles National Forest operates. I will raise issues that are important to me, which are hopefully important to all citizens, but if you have any suggestions for discussion here, I am willing.

Here's the big agenda: Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. I've made a few smart remarks and cryptic comments about her. But now, with the backing of some knowledgeable and trusted friends, it is time for a concerted effort to have her removed from her post. Stay tuned for details. And if you have any information you would like to contribute, anonymously or not, email me at gregsweet4@yahoo.com

I will get to some of the stories, sooner or later. Also, I want to make it clear that I no longer work at Adams' Pack Station, that these words are my own, and that the pack station is not the source of my information - they don't want trouble.

Go Away!

At the top of the Recreational Activities page of the National Forest website it says "National Forests and Grasslands offer a diversity of outdoor opportunities. These lands are yours - to visit, to care for, but most of all, to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in America's Great Outdoors". The attitude of the management of the Angeles National Forest opposes this philosophy at every turn. They view visitors as a threat, a liability, and a general nuisance. Certainly there are a few visitors that fall into one or more of those categories, but the solution to the problems that might otherwise have them work for a living is to close the forest whenever the slightest excuse can be conjured, or to make the facilities so inhospitable that nobody would want to visit.

In defense of a few in mind, they are simply inept. But most of the management just wants cruise along in their cushy government job, rarely leaving the office, rarely entering the forest, and never wanting to make a decision. And then there are the dangerous ones - those with hidden agendas. More on that later.

Keep in mind that I am not necessarily talking about the folks in the field, and I am definitely not talking about other forests. The Angeles, however, is completely dysfunctional.

As time permits, I will give examples of what I've said so far. I don't want to make anyone angry, I really just want bring my concerns to the attention of those that do not have day-to-day involvement with this forest's administration, with the hope of correcting some of the problems.

We mountain enthusiasts would gladly help if we know what the problems are; we would participate in discussion if we weren't talked down to. The quote above reminds us that the National Forests are OUR land. Let's reclaim it!

1 comment:

betonomiteben said...

You can help restore trails and related trail structures by volunteering with us, the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders www.sgmtrailbuilders.org. We've been working for over 25 years on our trails, and recently, for the past 7 years restoring trails that were damaged in the Curve Fire. Visit our website for contact information, best regards, Ben White