The Forest Service has just announced it will hold a series of five meetings to register public comments on the development of the new Management Plan for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
The Forest Service has three years to develop a revised plan for the new area, and is required to engage the local communities as much as possible in this process. Once the Plan is finalized and approved, it will guide how the Monument is run in the future — so this is your chance to get any lingering questions answered and to let the Forest Service know what you would like to see for the future of the Monument.
Until now, teams have been working on a first draft of the Management Plan, and this initiates a 45-day public scoping period on those draft plans. After this comment period is closed, the Forest Service will use public input to revise the Management Plan — and then in Spring 2016, they’ll release the revised plan for another round of public comments, another revision, and a period for final objections (so much for those worries about not getting to give input, right?). The current timetable estimates a finalized Management Plan will be implemented by Winter of 2016 or Spring of 2017.
Meetings will be held from June 22nd through June 26th at the following locations:
- June 22, 4 – 8 p.m. – Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale, CA 91204
- June 23, 4 – 8 p.m. – Palmdale Legacy Commons Senior Center, 930 E. Ave. Q9, Palmdale, CA 93550
- June 24, 4 – 8 p.m. – Glendora Public Library, 140 S. Glendora Ave., Glendora, CA 91741
- June 25, 3 – 8 p.m. – Pico House, 424 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
- June 26, 4 – 8 p.m. – Big Pines Lodge, 24537 Big Pines Hwy (at Hwy 2 Junction), Wrightwood, CA 92397
If you can’t make the meetings, you can also read all the documentation online as well as register your public comment via mail or email. And if you see me at the Pico House meeting, feel free to say hello!