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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.

The Future of Adams' Pack Station

As many of you know, Adams' Pack Station, Sturtevant's Camp, and 80 rustic cabins are threatened by the Station Fire. As I type this, we may have already lost Sturtevant's or the six private cabins nearby.

The camp is the primary source of income for the outfitting end of the pack station's business. If the camp were lost, and not allowed to be rebuilt, it would also mean disaster for the pack station. Unfortunately, most of the owners of the 80 cabins do not regularly patronize the packing services. In fact, many do not regularly visit their cabins. Even with the camp's business, the pack station has historically supplemented its income with by selling snacks, drinks, ice cream, and parking to hikers.

Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron has been in the media in recent days, and has not said much about the fire itself. Not that she has to, that's why there are fire experts. But what she has talked about is soil 'hydrophobia', habitat regeneration, continuing fire hazards in unburned areas; in other words, she has entertained her favorite subject: closing the forest.

Even if the pack station, the camp, and the cabins all survive the fire, the Angeles will surely be closed for a long time to come. This means no visitors to the pack station store. This means no campers at Sturtevant's. The camp's ownership has the resources to maintain it, should they decide to keep it for history's sake, as they have done in past long term closures. But this puts the future of Adams' Pack Station up in the air.

More later on the history of closures in the Angeles.

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