The role of the outdoors in enhancing the lives of America's youth is increasingly well known. Numerous studies point to the benefits for health and academic focus; an entire movement of educators and social scientists is dedicated to reversing the "nature deficit" disorder. As a father and a former San Fernando mayor and City Council member, I know the success of these endeavors is dependent in part on the ability of our young people to hop on a bike or board a bus and get somewhere green.
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National Park Service Recommends Increased Protection and Improved Management of San Gabriel River and MountainsApril 10th, 2013
LOS ANGELES - San Gabriel Mountains Forever - a diverse partnership of residents, businesses, faith and community leaders, health and environmental justice organizations, and recreation and conservation groups - applauds the National Park Service for recommending that Congress pass legislation to protect the nationally significant recreational and environmental values of the San Gabriel River and Mountains.
How much of the mountains that border this megalopolis to the north should remain
wilderness -- real wilderness? As much as possible.
How to best ensure that some parts of the Los Angeles urban sprawl remain untouched? Designate those lands as wilderness in perpetuity.
It is our pleasure to announce the latest group of participants to join the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy, the volunteer training program of San Gabriel Mountains Forever. This is a very impressive group with ample involvement in their home communities and Los Angeles' wilderness, as well as an expressed commitment to work with local youth. Along with natives of the San Gabriel Valley, this cohort - a total of 11 - includes participants originally from as far north as Alaska and as far south as Guatemala.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - About a dozen veterans along the West Fork of the San Gabriel River learn how to fly fish on Saturday. The event was sponsored by San Gabriel Mountains Forever, Trout Unlimited and the Vet Voice Foundation.
The group met in the wild part of the river - one of the few places in the region where natural trout thrive. The West Fork is a fairly easily accessible part of the river because of a paved bikeway and existing fishing platforms.
They also helped clean up the heavily used recreation area as part of National Public Lands Day.
Thousands of picnickers and gold prospectors park every weekend along a two-lane road overlooking the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, then trundle down to the mountain creek with ice chests, boomboxes, shovels, sluice boxes and baby carriers strung with diapers.
On Christmas Day, people exchange gifts. During Hanukkah, celebrants light candles and also give gifts for eight days. Boxing Day - Dec. 26 in England and Canada - is traditionally when folks exchange gifts or "open the alms box" for the poor.
LOS ANGELES - San Gabriel Mountains Forever applauds the visionary leadership of Rep. Judy Chu, Sen. Barbara Boxer and the 21 other Congressional representatives who support the creation of a San Gabriel Region National Recreation Area.
Twenty-three members of Congress this week signed a letter in support of creating a National Recreation Area within the San Gabriel Valley that would include the San Gabriel River, Angeles National Forest and Puente-Chino Hills.
The signees included local representatives Judy Chu, D-El Monte; Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena; Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, and Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos. The letter also was signed by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
The letter was addressed to Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service and was dated Dec. 19.
I recently hiked along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. The sun was shining, the air was filled with birdsong and trout dimpled the surface of the clear, cold water. I stopped to chat with a youth conservation crew that was repairing trails in the mountains above the river. Crew members spoke glowingly about the value of the San Gabriel Mountains and the importance of restoration work. I was reminded that this area is unique and deserves to be protected for our children and grandchildren.