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Replanting Debate, Part Deux

In the wake of my last post about the ranting, raving and general gnashing of teeth that has been going on over replanting portions of the Angeles Forest, I received a couple of e-mails from people claiming that the Forest Service was withholding information about precisely where the replanting was being done. It seems that no one had seen any actual maps of the areas to be replanted.

So I put the claim of non-cooperation to the test. I asked for copies of maps showing where and how much of the Angeles Forest was being replanted. And wouldn’t you know it, I got them! It really was just that simple.

Better yet, I’m sharing them with you! With the knowledge and approval of the Forest Service.

The gallery of images below breaks the Angeles into four sections: A, B, C and D. You can probably figure out the rest. To see a larger version of each section, just click on the thumbnails below. Each close-up page will have a link where you can download the full sized image.

Enjoy!

~B~

LA Times: 3 million trees to be planted in Station fire burn area

Almost two years after the Station fire scorched 161,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service has embarked on a large-scale reforestation project that may re-engineer the region’s historical pine and fir woodlands.

The project to be unveiled Friday aims to plant 3 million pine and fir trees over 10,000 acres scarred by the fire in an attempt to restore the area and offset greenhouse-gas emissions from a refinery in El Segundo.

For the full content of the story, go to:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-station-fire-20110415,0,7225022.story

~B~

P.S. On a personal note, I’m not sure if this is a good thing or otherwise. If you have more, reliable information about this proposal, please let me know.

Congressional Hearing Documents & Links

Last Tuesday’s Congressional Hearing featured two separate panels which presented information about the Station Fire to five members of Congress.  The representatives from Congress present at the hearing were:

The two panels addressed slightly different, but related, issues. The first panel addressed the Station Fire specifically, while the second panel focused more on ways to improve fire response policies and procedures within the Forest Service. Copies of the written statements presented to Congressional panel are available for download and review.  (Thanks, Bert and Ben!) You can also download all ten eleven documents as a single ZIP file.

Unfortunately, not all the testimony presented at the hearing is represented here. FWIW, I have made a formal request for a copy of the hearing transcript. As soon as I have it I will post it here.

~B~

Hearing Related Documents:

Panel 1 Documents:

Panel 2 Documents:

ZIP file containing all available documents and statements.

Updated: Oct 16, 2010 @ 17:45

Station Fire Hearing Info

I got a couple of weeks ago from another Station Fire survivor who had some concerns about the upcoming hearing on October 12. Specifically, she was worried that folks might not know how to find the courthouse, parking, etc. The Richard H. Chambers Courthouse is located at 125 South Grand Avenue in Pasadena. For some people the problem may be that the courthouse is in that part of Pasadena between the 134 and 110 freeways. It’s a wonderful area for architecture and history, but the neighborhood can pose problems for the directionally challenged courtesy of streets that dead-end, change their names or don’t line up in a clean grid pattern.

The neighborhood surrounding the courthouse is mostly residential, and the courthouse itself was originally constructed as a Spanish Colonial Revival style resort known as the Vista del Arroyo Hotel and Bungalows. As another resident commented, the courthouse is the only 8-story building in the area. In spite of the fact that it’s not clearly marked, there is nothing else that big on the street. It’s pretty hard to miss.

There is a parking lot across the street, but it is for courthouse employees only. For courthouse visitors, parking is available on the street, but much of it is for two hours only.

Recommendation: Arrive early and read all signage when you park!

More specifics are below. See you there!

~B~

The Richard H. Chambers Courthouse
125 South Grand Avenue,
Pasadena, Ca 91105

The hearing is scheduled to start at 9AM. ARRIVE EARLY!!!


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Congressional Hearing in the News

With the Congressional hearing about the Station Fire coming up next week, we’re seeing additional news in the local press. Thanks to Duncan for these links!

~B~

KTTV 11 – FOX 11
Feds to Examine Station Fire Response Next Week

Pasadena – A congressional panel investigating the early response to the Station Fire that scorched thousands of acres in and around the Angeles National Forest and killed two firefighters will convene in Pasadena next week.
http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/local/feds-to-examine-station-fire-response-20101005

Pasadena Star-News
Congressional Station Fire panel set to reconvene in Pasadena

A congressional panel investigating the Station Fire will reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Pasadena, officials said Monday. The panel, which includes several local members of Congress, plans to examine the first day of the Station Fire, which killed two firefighters, destroyed dozens of structures and blackened large swaths of the Angeles National Forest. The panel will be headed by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena.
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_16248925