Local residents and communities need to support the expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include the Arryo Seco and the other neglected areas. There are two ways to do this. Congresswoman Chu’s bill to expand the monument has passed the House several times but has never succeeded in being passed into law. It is unlikely that it will this year, so the request to President Biden to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to expand the monument, such as Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass advocates, is a much more likely approach.
The City Council unanimously approved a motion to support H.R 3681 also known as the San Gabriel Mountains Protection Act, which seeks to expand the areas covered by the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Although California is home to countless natural treasures, Latinos and other people of color are twice as likely to be deprived of parks, trails and other open space close to home. This so-called “nature gap” and the global, catastrophic loss of biodiversity stem from the same root cause: the destruction and degradation of natural areas in and around communities of color.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
A record number of people visited the Angeles National Forest recently, the onslaught fueled by 20 million Southern Californians who live within a short car ride of “L.A.’s backyard playground” itching to escape into nature during the pandemic.
Pasadena Congresswoman Joins U.S. Senator to Introduce Bill Expanding San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) introduced legislation Thursday week to expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and protect more wilderness in Southern California.
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE
A bill that would add more than 100,000 acres of federal forest land to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, while also expanding wilderness zones to further protect threatened species, was introduced in U.S. Congress on Thursday, May 25.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
The San Gabriel Mountains loom like an impregnable fortress for millions of migrating birds making their long and perilous journey to distant breeding grounds in the far north.