WITH its plate full on issues of health care, climate change and war funding, Congress can be excused for putting wilderness protection on the back burner.
But there's a growing movement among local clergy, city councils and environmental groups to seek added congressional protection to portions of the Angeles National Forest, its rivers, habitat and wild animal species.
Judging by the recent forest fires, including the Morris Fire, which burned 2,168 acres, and the Station Fire, which burned 161,000 acres, now may be the best time to work to preserve select wilderness areas that are often in great peril.
Some of our local city councils agree and we credit them for their forward thinking. Pasadena, Claremont, Glendora, La Ca ada Flintridge, La Verne and San Dimas have endorsed additional wild land and wild rivers protection for select areas of the San Gabriel Mountains. The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments also supports the concept.
Why does the forest need special wilderness protection?