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380,000 acres of wilderness to be declared off-limits to vehicles under proposed plan


Last updated 3/23/2013 at Noon

RIVERSIDE - SAN DIEGO - About 380,000 acres of wilderness areas in four Southern California national forests would be declared off-limits to vehicles under plans that are up for public comment this month.

Large sections of the Santa Ana Mountains, between Irvine and Lake Elsinore, would be affected, as well as areas near Lytle Creek, near Cherry Valley and south of Palm Springs. The largest new proposed wilderness area is adjacent to the Sespe Creek wilderness areas north of Ojai.

The new wilderness areas are one if several options being considered by the U.S. Forest Service, which is und...

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