02 Jan Sepulveda Basin South Reserve Vegetation Plan Creates Controversy
VEGETATION DENUDED at HASKELL CREEK CONFLUENCE TO LA RIVER (Photo by Glenn Bailey)
On December 22, during a bird count, the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society discovered work done by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the Sepulveda Basin South Wildlife Reserve. Much vegetation was cleared, and a decomposed granite path was bulldozed into a utility road. The USACE has halted work until a meeting is held with local environmental groups about the project.
The South Reserve is bounded by Burbank Blvd to the north and Sepulveda Dam to the south. This includes the confluence of Haskell Creek and the Los Angeles River. This area is an end point to permitted summer kayak runs.
TRACKS FROM HEAVY EQUIPMENT CREATE A NEW UTILITY ROAD IN SOUTH RESERVE (Photo by Grove Pashley)
STATE SENATOR KEVIN DE LEON PROPS UP CRUSHED VEGETATION WHILE TOURING SOUTH RESERVE (Photo by Grove Pashley)
NATIVE OAK DAMAGED BY EQUIPMENT AT SOUTH RESERVE (Photo by Glenn Bailey)
HASKELL CREEK CONFLUENCE DENUDED of VEGETATION (Photo by William Preston Bowling January 2013)
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