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Proposed 3-Day Music Fest In The Sepulveda Basin Opposed By Bird Lovers

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There could be a new, three-day music festival coming to the San Fernando Valley, but conservationists are fighting against it. The proposed festival, called AngelFest and helmed by festival promoter Make Good Group LLC, would consist of three days of family-friendly music, food and other activities, L.A. Daily News reports. It would take place at Woodley Park in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation area near Encino in October, and is estimated to accommodate 65,000 guests. Though organizers say the fest could compare to Coachella, the two fests sound pretty different. The music planned for the fest's five stages would not include hip hop or EDM, and instead would focus on music from the 1950s until now.

Though the fest has already been approved by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers, the group that manages the area, is pending. It's also drawn the ire of local conservationists and bird lovers, who say that the festival, plus set-up and tear-down, would be too disruptive to nature, and that the site is too close to the nearby Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve. In particular, opponents say this would disturb the annual arrival of about 50 white pelicans who use the basin to mate during this time. The Valley Audubon Society also said that a large-scale festival could also disturb the habitats of other birds, and is circulating an online petition to halt the festival. It has amassed about 3,000 signatures at this time.

The parks department's approval might have something to do with the fact that they stand to gain quite a chunk of change if the fest happens. They'll get a $250,000 user fee, plus a portion of ticket sales. Valley parks Superintendent Charles Singer said, "We believe a majority of Angelenos would enjoy a concert in a beautiful area, with easy access to transportation, and a revenue stream that supports basin projects."