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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.

Let Them Eat Cake!

CalTrans lost some of their employee housing in the Angeles National Forest. They have been put up in houses supplied by CalTrans (they own a lot of property along the proposed 710 Fwy corridor). Plans are already in the works to rebuild these houses and get the families back in as soon as possible.

Jody Noiron, on the other hand, has lost twelve employee residences plus the barracks at Mill Creek. She has made no effort to help the employees that were living in them. No cash assistance, no requests for FEMA trailers, nothing. And like CalTrans, the Forest Service does own vacant houses, as well as barracks. The displaced families have not been offered the use these properties. What's more, she has banned ALL employees from returning home. The forest is closed to them too, and if they attempt to return home, they will be fired!

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