The San Gabriel Mountains are within an hour's drive of more than 17 million people in Southern
California. They are the region's most popular and accessible recreation "backyard."
San Gabriel Mountains Forever has worked for several years to promote a community vision for a national recreation area that includes all of the mountains, plus the foothills, the Puente Hills and lower stretches of the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo rivers that dip down into local communities.
This recreation area could help bring improved visitor services, more rangers and better access for visitors.
In April 2013, after many years of public hearings and a San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study, the National Park Service released its recommendation that included just the urban foothills, urban San Gabriel and Rio Hondo river corridors and the Puente Hills.
San Gabriel Mountains Forever is continuing to push for its broader vision for a San Gabriel National Recreation Area that will include the mountains. More than 95 percent of the 12,000 community comments submitted to the National Park Service also want this vision.
The San Gabriel Mountains Forever partnership is continuing to build grassroots support for the Congressional legislation that is required to realize this dream.
Read the comments San Gabriel Mountains Forever submitted to the National Park Service.
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