Local Communities Join Congressional Leaders, Call for President Obama to Protect San Gabriel Mountains as National MonumentAugust 27th, 2014
Los Angeles - Area residents today will urge officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service to recommend that President Obama protect the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument. Under Secretary for Natural Resources Robert Bonnie and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell are convening a public meeting in Baldwin Park, which is expected to include U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, Los Angeles County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis, and other local leaders.
The Obama administration is considering the future of the San Gabriel Mountains, including potentially designating them as a national monument.
Designation as a national monument would permanently protect watersheds and water quality, conserve fish and wildlife, enhance air quality and provide opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation for more than 3 million annual visitors.
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LOS ANGELES - A new poll of Los Angeles County voters, released today by San Gabriel Mountains Forever on a press conference call with Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), demonstrates strong support across the political and demographic spectrum for permanent protection of the San Gabriel Mountains. In fact, a majority say they would tell President Barack Obama to take action on this proposal now.
In October 2012, I helped welcome President Obama to California as he signed a proclamation designating the home and workplace of César E. Chávez a national monument.
The day was warm with the end of summer and the green and brown oak trees that spot the property seemed to reach up and touch the blue sky. Hundreds gathered, from the family of César Chavez to members of the farm worker movement to neighbors bringing their kids to see the president.