Park Service: Protect more SoCal wilderness

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The National Park Service is recommending protections and improved management of Southern California’s San Gabriel River and San Gabriel Mountains.

Recommendations released Wednesday call on Congress to designate a National Recreation Area for the river from the Angeles National Forest to Santa Fe Springs and for a swath of the San Gabriel Mountains’ foothills.

In 2003, Congress authorized a study on how to protect local natural resources and improve local recreation opportunities.

The Angeles National Forest forms a northern border for parts of Los Angeles County’s intense urbanization.

Environmentalists have sued the U.S. Forest Service in years past for failing to protect the habitats of sensitive animals and plants in the area. The new protections could bring the agency more resources.

Congress will decide the details on the proposed changes.

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