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National Park Service hearing on Saturday in El Monte

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
Thursday, October 27, 2011

When Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar needed to pick two projects in California to feature in a 50-state report, he chose improvements to the San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers as one of the most promising projects for the federal agency to support.

The other was the restoration of the San Joaquin River in Northern California.

San Gabriel Mountains Poised to Become National Recreation Area
Deanna Neil
Monday, October 24, 2011

The National Park Service (NPS) released a study last week, detailing how California's San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains might fit into the National Park System.

The Draft San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment is now open for public review. For Angelenos, this potentially means more protection and outdoor recreation.

National Park Service opens door to more parks and recreation in San Gabriel mountains, valley, river

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
Monday, October 17, 2011

More than 700,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains, River and Valley and Puente Hills were deemed nationally significant and therefore suitable for inclusion in the National Park system, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Interior.

The Draft San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study concluded that the mountains and the Puente Hills met the criteria for a national designation and that all or portions could come under federal protection and management if approved by Congress.

San Gabriel Mountains Forever Praises National Recreation Area Report

Urges Los Angeles County Residents to Attend Final Hearings Oct. 29 and Nov. 14-17
Monday, October 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES - San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF) applauded the release today of the National Park Service draft study and environmental assessment that advances a proposal for a San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area that would benefit millions of visitors.

Discovering the Great Outdoors

Discover San Gabriel Valley • Spring-Summer 2011
Daniel Rossman, The Wilderness Society
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The rugged mountains that define the northern boundary of the San Gabriel Valley offer adventures for the daring and timid alike.  The Angeles National Forest, which overlays most of the San Gabriel Mountain range, provides Los Angeles County with 70 percent of its public open space.  It draws more than 3.5 million visitors every year, making it one of the most visited forests in the country.  These visitors explore the peaks and canyons, soaking up sun or soaking their toes in the cool flowing rivers.

Community Applauds U.S. Representative David Dreier’s San Gabriel Mountains Wilderness Bill

Legislation Will Protect Forest, Recreation Areas, Watershed, and Habitat
Wednesday, January 5, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Local residents, community groups and organizations praised Representative David Dreier (R-San Dimas) for introducing his "Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests Protection Act" today.

Congressman Dreier's legislation will protect an additional 18,000 acres of public land in the San Gabriel Mountains as wilderness. These areas will become new additions to two existing wilderness areas in the range:  Sheep Mountain and Cucamonga.

Angeles National Forest draws flood of visitors, trickle of resources

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Rebecca Kimitch
Sunday, September 5, 2010

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST - This Labor Day weekend, thousands of people will be drawn to the cool rivers, scenic trails and fresh air along the canyon of the San Gabriel River.

And while they will find a beautiful natural respite from the urban valley below, they will also find creeksides littered with trash, rocks covered in graffiti, precarious access to the river's edge and sparse restrooms and information signs.

Our View: Connecting the dots of green space

Monday, July 12, 2010

EASTERNERS, among whom we count those folks from President Obama's cabinet visiting our Valley this week who are part of America's Great Outdoors initiative, can't help but be awed by our open space inventory.

Everything in the West is bigger in scope, including right here - from Mount Wilson's 5,710 feet plateau to Mount Baldy's 10,064 feet apex. Even our magnificent canyons, San Gabriel Canyon and Big Santa Anita Canyon, two close-by entrances to the 102-year-old, 655,387-acre Angeles National Forest, are large and much mightier than anything on the East Coast.

Community leaders appeal to Obama administration for more park access

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Rebecca Kimitch
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hundreds of community leaders and environmentalists sent a collective message to a group of high-level Obama Administration officials at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Wednesday: We need more parks, we need more exercise and we need more of your help getting both.

They made the appeals to the president's top environmental policy advisor and to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency during a public forum on the banks of Legg Lake. In particular, they sought federal help getting improved access to the nearby San Gabriel Mountains.

Our View: Are you truly the outdoors type?

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Tuesday, July 6, 2010


CHALK it up to the persistence of The Wilderness Society and San Gabriel Mountains Forever. When the Obama administration announced plans to bring its national tour promoting America's Great Outdoors initiative listening sessions to Southern California, this Thursday afternoon's official session at Occidental College wasn't close enough to the heart of the San Gabriel Valley for them.

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