After losing a lawsuit brought by the state and several environmental groups, the U.S. Forest Service is under court order to re-evaluate how it manages about one million acres in four Southern California forests - including the local Angeles National Forest.

The result could be the re-zoning of hundreds of thousands of acres of forest land into "recommended wilderness" areas, one of the most restrictive designations on the forest, and "back country non-motorized" areas.

These designations could prohibit off-road recreation, decommission unused trails and roads, and help restore habitat for such endangered or threatened species as steelhead trout, the California condor and the arroyo toad, according to the U.S. Forest Service and groups participating in the 2011 settlement agreement.

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