Los Angeles, CA - Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service held a public listening session on a legislative proposal to expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, where hundreds of local residents voiced their support.
Below is a statement from Maricela Rosales, California Associate Program Director for the Conservation Lands Foundation, in response to today’s public meeting:
“We applaud the Forest Service and the Biden Administration for hearing from local residents on the benefits of the proposed expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
“As one of the 18 million people who live within a 90-mile radius of the San Gabriel Mountains proposed monument expansion, I am in strong support of the expansion. I am one of 18 million who grew up daydreaming of the day that I would get to visit the San Gabriel Mountains. That became my reality at the age of 24 when I finally visited the monument, spending my visit exploring Eaton Canyon Falls, Inspiration Point, Millard Falls, and Chantry Flat with my little weenie dog Dali. This new venture was made possible because of its proximity and accessibility. The San Gabriel Mountains is where I began my journey of sharing the importance of protecting and expanding public lands in Southern California.
“The Conservation Lands Foundation joins California elected officials, community leaders, and local residents in the Los Angeles region in calling on President Joe Biden to add 109,000 acres of public lands to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
“The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument expansion will help increase equitable access to nature, improve public health, conserve a critical drinking water source for residents, and address the climate biodiversity crisis, and honor the original stewards of these lands, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and Gabrieleño (also known as Kizh, Gabrielino, Tongva) Peoples.”
The public can join the campaign and sign the petition to expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument at sangabrielmountainsforever.org/takeaction.
About Conservation Lands Foundation
Conservation Lands Foundation leads the only national movement of grassroots advocates to protect, restore, and expand National Conservation Lands. CLF is headquartered in Durango, Colorado, with field offices throughout the West and in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit conservationlands.org.