07.23.10

Schiff Secures Funding in Appropriations Bill for Station Fire Road & Trail Improvements

Washington, DC –Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that the InteriorAppropriations bill includes $500,000 to provide forStation Fire Road and Trail Improvements.

“The Station Fire burned 160,577 acres on the Angeles National Forest from August 26 to October 16, 2009, and in most areas, the fire burned the vegetation completely denuding the landscape, causing extensive erosion and landslides during subsequent winter storms,” Rep. Schiff said. “This funding will help repair the roads and trails that were damaged in the fire to restore safety and access for families to enjoy one of California’s greatest natural resources.”

The Angeles National Forest Engineering staff estimate that approximately 300 miles of roads and 225 miles of trails were damaged during the fire and subsequent erosion and landslides. The affected roads no longer provide access to large portions of the forest and the affected trails are no longer safe or passable by recreational hikers. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a disaster for the area, on February 11, 2010.

The repair of roads will include emergency road opening, slide removal, road prism reconstruction including retaining walls, reconstruction of low water crossings, repair or replacement of drainage devices, grading of surfaces, patching and repaving of asphalt surfaces and signing.  Priority will be given to repair critical roads that access large areas, which cannot be accessed otherwise. The repair of trails will include slide removal, repair of tread surfaces, slope stabilization, and drainage improvement.