Living in Los Angeles, the outdoors play a big role in improving my quality of life. I’m usually surrounded by traffic on freeways and crowded city streets, so a nearby escape to the San Gabriel Mountains is a chance to see peaceful forest views and breathe some fresh air.
As a Marine I have witnessed the horror of modern warfare. As I reflect now on my time in Afghanistan I frequently remember the things I would do to relieve the anxiety of those difficult days. One way of escape was to reflect on my homeland of Southern California and the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.
Last week, in a short news conference, the president released the 111-page initiative, an overhaul of federal conservation policy that calls for a new coalition with local governments and states, encouraging outdoor recreation for youth in line with Michelle Obama's anti-obesity movement, connecting wildlife corridors across the continent and encouraging sustainable practices on private land.
It’s an exciting time for wilderness and outdoor advocates in Southern California, as three different conservation initiatives are underway in the southern half of the Golden State, including wild areas in the San Gabriel Mountains in Los Angeles County, a pair of remote locales in northern San Diego County, and a vast expanse of currently unprotected land in the Mojave Desert, including multiple wilderness expansion proposals, numerous Wild and Scenic River designations, and two new National Monuments.
An activist religious group has joined the effort to designate the San Gabriel Mountains as a national recreational area eligible for additional federal resources including law enforcement personnel, interpretive signs and hiking trails.
The group, Progressive Christians Uniting, is touting the proposal to congregants of dozens of San Gabriel Valley churches near the 650,000-acre range that constitutes about 70% of Los Angeles County's open space.
Legislation Will Protect Forest, Recreation Areas, Watershed, and Habitat
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.