Ahead of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s listening session later today, elected officials, Tribal leaders, and community members in the Los Angeles region highlighted their support for a proposal to expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Biden Administration Hears Overwhelming Support for Proposed San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Expansion at Listening Session
At a listening session today hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), hundreds of attendees called on President Biden to add 109,000 acres of the western Angeles National Forest to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
For over 20 years, Nature for All and coalition members have worked to permanently protect the San Gabriel Mountains, advocate for more resources for the area, connect Angelenos to this special place, and educate local residents about how to recreate responsibly. This work – done in partnership with many local organizations and residents – led to the designation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in 2014, and has brought new opportunities to the region.
The Nature for All Coalition Applauds Designation of Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument, Seeks Expansion ofthe San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Today, the Nature for All Coalition applauded President Joe Biden for designating Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument and urged him to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
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.
On Tuesday, July 11th the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of federal action to add 109,000 acres of public lands to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Elected Officials & Community Leaders Call For Highly-Visited Public Lands to Be Added to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Today, elected officials, community leaders, and local residents in the Los Angeles region joined Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Representative Judy Chu (CA-28) in calling on President Biden to add 109,000 acres of public lands to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Sen. Padilla and Rep. Chu both sent a letter urging the President to use the Antiquities Act to achieve this goal and in May introduced legislation in support of this effort.
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.