GLENDALE (CBS) — A long-term expansion plan at Forest Lawn Cemetery will move forward despite opposition from environmental activists.

The project involves 120 acres of its own currently undeveloped land adjacent to Griffith Park.

KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens reports in response to the outcry, the company’s top executive has vowed to move forward on the development “very gently” and “sensitively”.

“This is a long-range project — over 50 years — so it is not as if the entire 120 acres will be developed tomorrow,” said Darin Drabing, Forest Lawn’s President and CEO.

Among those expressing concern about the expansion are the Friends of Griffith Park, the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, the Sierra Club and the California Department of Fish and Game.

The groups warn the development could have a disastrous impact on the area’s woodlands, wildlife corridors and creatures.

In addition to almost 110,000 new grave sites, the new facility would also include more than 90,000 spaces for above-ground interments.

Comments (2)
  1. The Mad Man says:

    You have got to put them somewhere!

  2. Eric says:

    “The groups warn the development could have a disastrous impact on the area’s woodlands, wildlife corridors and creatures.” Are they kidding me? Who are they going to harm? The rattlesnake? Oh, maybe the coyote? God forbid a rabbit or even a little lizard? If this project progresses, is that going to make the native California brush extinct?

    How about this, I believe that the people who own homes around Griffith Park are occupying sacred ground for these little critters and the native brush. How about they relinquish their property and let the native landscape reclaim it? Oh, that sounds stupid? Well so do these groups? That is their land, not anyone else’s and they should have the right to do as they want within the law.

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