A much-anticipated U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles River restoration report has shone a new light on the city’s concrete-sided waterway. UCLA Anderson grad Robert T. De Forest ('06,) has had his eye on it for quite some time.
DeForest, founder and managing principal of conservation-minded real estate investment and advisory firm The Pinyon Group, has been working with the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation on river-centric projects, bringing new life to once forgotten sites. The new environmental report could boost his plans to bring life back to the neighborhoods alongside the river.
The U.S. Army plan seeks to restore 11 miles of the Los Angeles River from approximately Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles. “Restoration measures considered include creation and reestablishment of historic riparian strand and freshwater marsh habitat to support increased populations of wildlife and enhance habitat connectivity within the study area,” the report says. Fostering human interaction with the river environment is also part of the plan in the form of “passive recreation that is compatible with the restored environment.”
The draft report is currently in its 45-day review period through Nov. 5, 2013.