National Forest Agrees to Lease 13 Sites to LA-RICS for LMR System
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 | Comments

The Angeles National Forest (ANF) agreed to lease 13 sites in the national forest for installation of the LMR system operated by the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) Authority. This LMR system will unify local, state and federal emergency responders communications through the use of a single network.

“Amongst all public-safety agencies in the Los Angeles region, we have the motto of ‘one-team-one-fight,’ and this decision will further deepen our relationships and passion for protecting life, property and public lands,” said Jerome Perez, ANF supervisor.

The 13 proposed project sites distributed across the forest are a part of a proposed 60-site LMR system through Los Angeles County. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing federal funding for the countywide LMR project, and this ANF-specific LA-RICS project is a subset of the larger project, tiered from a programmatic environmental assessment conducted by FEMA. The additional site-specific analysis was completed to meet Forest Service requirements and ensure that the project is compliant with the ANF land management plan.

ANF amended the forest plan considering tower heights and scenic integrity objectives. The scope and scale of these project-specific amendments are small, affecting only three of the 13 sites. The amendments are only for the LA-RICS project.

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