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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.



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.

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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.

Lawmakers seek broad probe into Forest Service response to Station fire

Thanks, Jane!

Lawmakers seek broad probe into Forest Service response to Station fire
By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2010

California’s two U.S. senators and several local House members Thursday called on Congress’ investigative arm to launch a sweeping probe into the Forest Service’s response to last summer’s disastrous Station fire.

In asking for the investigation by the Government Accountability Office, which typically grants such requests, the lawmakers recommended a broad examination of the Forest Service’s decisions and tactics. Those include the use of aircraft early in the fight and the question of whether everything possible was done to protect homes that burned in Big Tujunga Canyon.

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Busy Day for the News!

In addition to the news that the Station Fire Panel Discussion has been postponed, the LA Times has had two articles in the past two days discussing the Station Fire and further investigations into what really happened. Links are given below.


Forest Service investigates withholding of key Station fire information
August 3, 2010 |  4:32 pm

The U.S. Forest Service has launched an inspector general’s investigation and invited Congress to order a broad inquiry into last summer’s disastrous Station fire, after the recent discovery that dispatch recordings from the critical early hours of the blaze were withheld from The Times and a federal review team.


Federal inspector general launches probe of Station fire
By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2010

A federal inspector general has launched an investigation and the Obama administration has invited Congress to order a broad inquiry into last summer’s disastrous Station fire after learning that dispatch recordings had been withheld from a U.S. Forest Service review team.

The telephone recordings, from the critical early hours of the blaze, also were withheld from The Times, which requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.

The inspector general’s probe will focus on why the several days of recordings were not provided to The Times or turned over to the Forest Service inquiry, which concluded that the agency’s initial attack on the fire was proper.


LA Times investigation contradicts key assertions by the Forest Service about its response to the fire

Hot off the presses, here is another investigative article by Paul Pringle. Thanks Debra!

Aerial expert’s report on L.A. County’s biggest wildfire flies in the face of official review

As Capt. Perri Hall watched helplessly, a blaze that had appeared containable erupted into the devastating Station fire. A report by Hall, obtained by The Times, contradicts key assertions by the U.S. Forest Service about its response to last summer’s disaster.

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