The southern Los Padres National Forest is an urban recreation escape, 100 miles from San Francisco. Its 100-mile expanse of land stretches between California’s Snow Mountain Wilderness and Lake Berryessa.
Living in Los Angeles, the outdoors play a big role in improving my quality of life. I’m usually surrounded by traffic on freeways and crowded city streets, so a nearby escape to the San Gabriel Mountains is a chance to see peaceful forest views and breathe some fresh air.
How is it that an oil and gas industry rolling in profits can manage to receive government subsidies and tax breaks while conservation programs that are only a small part of the federal budget are threatened with the ax as Congress attempts to balance America’s budget?