Forest Committee Program Jan 27

WHAT: “Transforming Recreation along the San Gabriel River”

WHEN:  Reception 7 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena  


The Forest Committee of the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter and San Gabriel Mountains Forever are hosting an informational event on the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Wednesday January 27, 2016.

Angeles National Forest recreation areas along the majestic San Gabriel River north of Azusa lack basic amenities like safe river access, adequate trash pickup, clean restrooms, bilingual visitor education, and field rangers. With the coming of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, this is about to change. Join us to learn about the remarkable East Fork Project that promises to transform recreation and environmental protection along a much visited 2.5-mile stretch of the San Gabriel River (pictured above).

The main speaker is Robert (Rob) Romanek, Project Manager for the Watershed Conservation Authority, who is heading up the East Fork Project. Rob has been with the Watershed Conservation Authority for six years. He manages public open space planning and conservation programs. His education and experience in natural resource planning, environmental management, local government, and public policy allow him to work with a wide array of public and private partners in a field known for the complexity of its land use and conservation issues. Rob holds a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University.

Opening the evening’s program will be Belinda Faustinos, outgoing chair of San Gabriel Mountains Forever. She will provide an overview of how the East Fork Project fits into the larger mosaic of San Gabriel Mountain enhancements. You will also hear an update on upcoming public meetings concerning the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

A social reception with the speaker at 7 p.m. precedes the 7:30 program. The program is free and the public is welcome. For information, email Don Bremner at [email protected] or John Monsen at [email protected].


Directions to Eaton Canyon:

From the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, take the Altadena Drive exit (if westbound on the 210, take the Sierra Madre Blvd. off ramp and at the bottom go west another few blocks to Altadena Drive), drive north toward the mountains about a mile, and 500 feet after crossing New York Drive, turn right into Eaton Canyon Park. The Nature Center is on the left from the parking area.