Forest Continues Closure of Williamson Rock Conducts Analysis for Possible Reopening
Credit: USFS press release
ARCADIA, Calif.—In an ongoing effort to protect habitat of an endangered frog species, Angeles National Forest officials will continue closure of the Williamson Rock area until Dec. 31, 2014.
The ongoing closure limits access to about 1,000 acres north of Angeles Crest Highway near Eagles Roost, and has been in place since December 2005. The new order for another year will be effective Wednesday (Jan. 1).
This effort allows the Forest Service to protect the mountain yellow-legged frog, an endangered species. The closure was first announced after officials determined the area was critical habitat for the frog. In June 2011, a U.S. district judge ordered the Forest Service to maintain closure of the Williamson Rock area as part of a larger lawsuit.
The Forest Service is continuing an environmental analysis, to consider resuming some recreation opportunities in the closed area while still protecting the frog. A full description of the proposal can be viewed online at: