[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
56°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 20
1993 - Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers (1979) becomes first female White House press secretary [story]


The Final Environmental Assessment, draft Decision Notice, and Finding of No Significant Impact for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Plan are complete, and a 45-day official objection period begins Friday before one of three options is chosen.

The final EA presents the environmental consequences of three alternatives analyzed in detail, including a no-action alternative.

Alternative 1
Current management would continue in accordance with the 2005 Angeles National Forest land management plan. No changes would be made to the existing land management plan, aside from the mineral withdrawal provided by the Proclamation. Continuing current management would include the use of standard operating procedures and best management practices from the ANF LMP for managing lands within the Monument.

Alternative 2
The Forest Service proposes adding management direction as an Amendment to the ANF LMP to capture the changes in the Monument Plan. The majority of the ANF LMP direction still applies to the Monument. The Monument Plan EA tiers to the Final Environmental Impact Statement, volumes 1 and 2 for the LMP for the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino National Forests. To gain efficiency, the existing plan components are not repeated in the Monument Plan, which is available on the ANF website and in the project record.

Alternative 3
Existing Land Management Plan Direction that has been Modified or Replaced: Similar to Alternative 2, the majority of the ANF LMP direction still applies to the Monument
under Alternative 3. The ANF LMP plan direction that no longer applies to the Monument under this alternative is the same as what is described for Alternative 2.

Alternative 3 further determines that free-use rock, invertebrate fossils, and mineral collecting for non-commercial personal uses is not suitable within the Monument, as prohibited under 36 CFR 261.9(b).

The proposed monument plan respects and conserves the significant, unique landscapes, vistas and features of this special area, while it will continue to allow existing land uses and provide the experiences, jobs and services that boost the local economy.

The plan will provide guidance for the Angeles National Forest to manage the area’s unique ecological, social and cultural resources for many years to come.

The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument was established in 2014 by Presidential Proclamation and encompasses more than 346,000 acres of high use public land managed by the USDA Forest Service as a part of the Angeles National Forest.

The San Gabriel Mountains rise from coastal lands to the west and desert to the east to provide some of the most breathtaking vistas Southern California has to offer. More than 15 million people live within 90 minutes of the San Gabriel Mountains, which provide area residents roughly 30 percent of their water and 70 percent of their open space.

The Monument area is located in the northern and southeastern portions of the San Gabriel Mountains, approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It’s about 80 miles southeast and a two and a half hour drive from the Santa Clarita Valley.

“We are excited to have this analysis to the finish line,” Forest Supervisor Jeff Vail said. “The collaborative effort with our many partners has been outstanding, and we will soon have a final decision once the objection period has concluded.”

According to federal planning rules, the next step is to offer an objection period to provide those interested in or affected by this action an opportunity to object to the proposed Monument Plan prior to a final decision being made.

The forest supervisor of the Angeles National Forest will decide whether to amend the land management plan as proposed in Alternative 3 of the environmental assessment or make adjustments based on objections received during the objection period.

As a reminder, objections will be accepted during the 45-day official objection period only from those who have previously submitted substantive formal comments specific to the proposed plan amendment during any previous public comment period.

Electronic objections may be submitted in common formats such as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, or .txt. Objections may also be faxed to 707-562-9229 to the attention of “OBJECTION: San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Plan Amendment,” sent by mail to the following address: Barnie Gyant, 1323 Club Dr. Vallejo, CA 94592; or hand-delivered during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

A copy of the final EA and decision notice/FONSI and related documents are available at the Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office and on the project website. Scroll down to “Project Documents” and click on the “Decision” tab.

To learn more about the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument follow us on Twitter or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/angelesnationalforest.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

6 Comments

  1. jim says:

    It is disheartening that more local folks from the SCV either have no clue about what this will do, or even worse don’t care.

    The current status of our local elected Representatives to Congress is in flux. Even so, the last 20 years of Congress’ behavior indicates that they don’t give a f**k about our National Forests or other protected areas that are by law “owned” by the people of this country.

    Congress over the last 20 years has reduced the budget for National Parks and National Forests by a tremendous amount. I leave it to you to discover, or argue why that is. The simple fact is that the majority of Congressional members don’t care one bit about protecting our precious natural heritage. Bears, pumas, eagles, bobcats and other native inhabitants of these areas do not vote. Worse, those of us who cannot climb, hike or otherwise travel into these areas to enjoy them are being locked out by the cutting of the National Forest budgets by congressional critters who personally get no benefit from such Congressional action.

    If Teddy Roosevelt knew what his great-grand children were doing to f**k up his legacy, he’d be haunting them with a “You Bully wankers!” retort at every opportunity.

  2. jim says:

    I’d further like to note that this “press release” indicates that complaints or comments can be made, but this is our only way of commenting:
    “Electronic objections may be submitted in common formats such as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, or .txt. Objections may also be faxed to 707-562-9229 to the attention of “OBJECTION: San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Plan Amendment,” sent by mail to the following address: Barnie Gyant, 1323 Club Dr. Vallejo, CA 94592; or hand-delivered during normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.”

    I have only one question: since the Forest Ranger is unavailable in this process, who the heck is Barnie Gyant? And why is she in Vallejo CA so far away from the Angeles National Forest?

    Seems to me that if they really wanted input into the process they would make access a lot easier than this. I think, ergo I believe that they are a bunch of gummint suck-ups who hope we don’t pay any attention to this.

    Hey! Anybody out there?

  3. Justin Denig says:

    Leave the miners alone! The ones who trash the canyon are the weekend hikers! Bungee jumpers… I’ve witnessed Sierra club members throw glass in the creek… Leave us alone, were only doing good for the canyon… Packing hikers trash out, removing harmful lead and mercury out of the creeks, and improving habitat for the fish and others

    • SCVNews.com says:

      Around here, when people say “mining,” they’re not talking about rockhounds, they’re talking about this – mining – which is already planned for our valley. How is that protecting anything?

  4. trevor says:

    Stop locking us out of our lands! Prospectors are the ones organizing cleanups, hauling bags of debris out off the canyon. It’s the people who picknick for the day that are throwing their beers cans, plates and used diapers all over the place. The gang bangers and taggers are spray painting rocks and tree yet you focus on a select few who are prospecting for gold. You complain about the holes being dug yet one storm fills all those holes in. Mother nature always reclaims things! Go after the ones that are really trashing the canyon. I keep seeing mention of prospecting not being legal and that it never was… how come they used to issue permits to dredge below Cattle Canyon bridge then? These are lies and propaganda spread by those that want to lock this place up and charge you fees just to hike the trails that should be yours as a member of this society. So many people speaking against these things have never set foot in this canyon. The public hearings that preceded all this was a farce. There was no public say in this what so ever. Only a select few were allowed into the room to voice their opinion and the tables were purposely stacked in the favor of the environmental side. It’s time to take things back and get out there to enjoy the great outdoors responsibly.

  5. Char Marriner says:

    Let the miner’s mine. We clean up the garbage from others who are enjoying the area. We put out the smoldering campfires that others leave burning. We clean up the streams and leave areas for the fish to multiply.Please look at the studies that do show how much we do help.We do take care of the land.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
St. Francis Dam Bill Reintroduced in US Senate as Stand-Alone
The St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-California), according to a Harris tweet Thursday.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
Jury Finds Officer Lied to FBI in LA County Jail Beating Cover-Up
Despite an attorney for a former Los Angeles County jail officer telling a federal jury Friday her client didn’t know his report about fellow officers beating a man inside a jail in 2011 was wrong when the FBI interviewed him, jurors wasted little time in finding him guilty of lying to investigators.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
Rallies Cap First Week of LA Teachers Strike
The fifth day of the Los Angeles teacher strike began Friday with bargaining talks and a union rally, capping off a tumultuous week for parents, students and educators.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1993 - Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers (1979) becomes first female White House press secretary [story]
1967 - Original airing of Star Trek "Arena" Episode: Kirk battles the Gorn commander (Saugus resident Bobby Clark) at Vasquez Rocks [watch]
Skylight Books in Downtown Los Angeles will host author and CalArts alum Johanna Hedva (Art MFA 2013, Critical Studies MA 2014) to discuss Hedva's 2018 book, "On Hell," with fellow CalArtian Asher Hartman (Art MFA 03) on Saturday, Jan. 26, starting at 5 p.m.
Jan. 26: CalArtians Asher Hartman, Johanna Hedva to Talk ‘On Hell’ at Skylight Books
Bank of Santa Clarita announced Friday that for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018, bank earnings continue at record levels, as net earnings for the quarter totaled $795,000, more than doubling its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Bank of Santa Clarita Reports Record Earnings for 2018
No. 9 Vanguard forced 18 turnovers, made 13 threes and led by as many as 18 on the way to an 82-75 win.
Men’s Hoops: No. 5 Master’s Falls to No. 9 Vanguard
The Mustangs held the Golden State Athletic Conference's top offense to four points in the fourth quarter, outscoring their host by 18 in a dominant final period.
Women’s Hoops: Lady Mustangs Dominate 4th to Beat Vanguard
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda L. Solis to develop a plan to increase the number of mental health hospital beds in the county.
Barger, Solis Seek Plan for More Mental Health Hospital Beds
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, Jan. 22, starting at 1 p.m.
Jan. 22: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
The city of Santa Clarita wants to remind residents they can receive permit assistance from the comfort of their home or office by using the Online Permit Center available at santa-clarita.com/PermitCenter.
Reminder: City’s Online Permit Center Makes Process Easier
The St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein (both D-California), according to a Harris tweet Thursday.
St. Francis Dam Bill Reintroduced in US Senate as Stand-Alone
Despite an attorney for a former Los Angeles County jail officer telling a federal jury Friday her client didn’t know his report about fellow officers beating a man inside a jail in 2011 was wrong when the FBI interviewed him, jurors wasted little time in finding him guilty of lying to investigators.
Jury Finds Officer Lied to FBI in LA County Jail Beating Cover-Up
The fifth day of the Los Angeles teacher strike began Friday with bargaining talks and a union rally, capping off a tumultuous week for parents, students and educators.
Rallies Cap First Week of LA Teachers Strike
Thousands more children may have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border under the since-abandoned “zero tolerance” immigration policy than previously thought, a report by the Office of Inspector General revealed Thursday.
Report: Feds Separated Thousands More Families at Border Than Thought
The four Pacific storms that battered California in January produced the season's first significant rainfall, dumping enough moisture to ease the state's historic drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
January Storms Ease California Drought
Segments of California State Road 126 aka Highway 126 will be closed next week for a grinding operation in the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula, California Department of Transportation District 7 officials announced Friday.
Night Closures Set for Highway 126 Repaving in Ventura, Santa Paula
1899 - Martin & Richard Wood buy J.H. Tolfree's Saugus Eating House, rename it Saugus Cafe [story]
CBRE announced a full-service provider to the entertainment industry leased an industrial building in Valencia for $7.7 million.
Full-Service Entertainment Provider Leases Valencia Building for $7.7 Million
California State University, Northridge biology professor Steven Oppenheimer is celebrating 23 years of collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research done by K-12 students with the debut of volume No. 23 of The New Journal of Student Research Abstracts.
CSUN Professor Celebrates 23 Year Collaboration with LAUSD STEM Students
More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease.
CSUN Now Home to Groundbreaking Parkinson’s Treatment
LANCASTER - The University of Antelope Valley is pleased to announce the hiring of Seth Gerdine as its head coach for its new Esports program.
UAV Hires Seth Gerdine as First Head Coach of Esports Program
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized and honored the Kitten Academy at Camp Joseph Scott during its regular meeting at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration Tuesday in Downtown Los Angeles.
Barger Lauds Probation Youth Kitten Fostering Program
Discipline standards for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) have been a source of concern for several years.
Villanueva Issues Statement on Review of Discipline Standards
The 91st Academy Awards nominations in all 24 Oscar categories will be announced in a two-part live presentation on Tuesday via global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook – a satellite feed and local broadcasters.
91st Academy Awards Nominations to be Announced Tuesday
The Santa Clarita Community College District’s Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee accepted the audit results, which showed that for the 12th year in a row, the district has properly accounted for all bond expenditures.
Santa Clarita College District Receives Best Rating in Audit of Bond Spending
The public is invited to Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park’s 25th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., featuring a talk by anthropologist Dr. Bruce Love and a flint knapping demonstration by master flintknapper Gary Pickett.
Jan. 26: Tomo-Kahni State Park’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
The city of Santa Clarita will host a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the Pace Bike Share Program launch at the newly opened Pace Bike Share Station at the Iron Horse Trailhead.
Jan. 31: Pace Bike Share Program Ribbon Cutting at Iron Horse Trailhead
NORTHRIDGE - CSUN Men's Basketball (8-10, 2-0 BWC) returns home on Thursday to host Hawai'i in its Big West home opener at 7:00 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN3 while Ghizal Hasan and Alan Zinsmeister are on the call in an audio broadcast on the CSUN Sports Network presented by Dignity Health.
Matadors Return Home for Big West Opener Against Hawaii
Because of the recent rainfall, Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, is cautioning residents who are planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.
Beach Water Advisory Extended Until Monday
Amgen Tour of California organizer and operator AEG announced the technically-innovative cycling apparel brand ASSOS of Switzerland has renewed a multi-year partnership to provide official race jerseys, VIP and staff apparel, and licensed merchandise for America’s premier cycling stage race.
Jerseys for 2019 Amgen Tour of California Revealed
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works released the list of road closures due to mud and rock slides from the current storm.
Upper Bouquet Canyon Remains Closed
1994, 4:31 a.m. - Magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake rocks Santa Clarita Valley [video]
College of the Canyons' Valencia Campus is on lockdown, according to a notice from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station posted about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
COC Valencia Campus Deemed Safe after Wednesday Evening Scare
Santa Clarita Studios, an independent studio operator, has leased a 109,379 square-foot industrial building in Valencia, CBRE announced Wednesday.
Santa Clarita Studios Leases 109K-Square Foot Industrial Building
"Black Monday," a new comedy series starring CalArts alum Don Cheadle (Theater BFA 86) along with Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall, will premiere Sunday, Jan. 20, on Showtime.
Jan. 20: CalArts Alum Don Cheadle Stars in Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’
CalArts’ 2019 MA Aesthetics and Politics Theorist in Residence N. Katherine Hayles will present her lecture "Human as Alien: From Frankenstein to Ex Machina and Annihilation" at REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 23: ‘Human as Alien’ Lecture by CalArts Theorist in Residence
The Second Annual Golden Valley High School Golf Tournament to benefit GHVS sports is set for the Sand Canyon Country Club in Canyon Country on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Jan. 26: Golf Tourney to Benefit Golden Valley Sports Programs