H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Dec 27, 2012 10:44 AM by Associated Press

Army Corps catches flak for razing wildlife refuge in LA area

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles bird lovers are squawking after the Army Corps of Engineers razed 80 acres of a San Fernando Valley wildlife refuge.

The Daily News of Los Angeles (http://bit.ly/VCzoz5 ) says the San Fernando Audubon Society is outraged that the corps last week stripped shrubbery and many trees from the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve.

The corps said it took action to help police an area known for homeless camps and lewd behavior. The move was part of a multiyear restoration plan that includes removing non-native plants and trees.

However, Audubon officials say the public wasn't informed. They claim the cleanup actually took out many native plants and devastated an area that attracts many birds.

The society has complained to Rep. Brad Sherman, whose office plans to talk with both sides.

»Comments

PLEASE HELP US MODERATE COMMENTS

Offensive or inappropriate comments are subject to removal. To report a comment, please e-mail us at feedback@ksby.com, and include the name of the story and information on the comment.

Thank you! KSBY.com


More News

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4