San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
There has been much going on with the Community Collaborative and Monument Fund. Read on for the latest update.
We are excited to report that during August we surpassed our original goal of raising $3 million for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Fund this year. With generous donations from Coca-Cola, Miller-Coors, REI and Anheuser-Busch we nearly reached $4 million with the current fund at $3.7 million. National Forest Foundation, USDA Forest Service and the Community Collaborative will continue to identify priority projects within the Monument for future implementation.
The San Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative is proud to announce completion of its comments on the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument “Need to Change” Analysis, which were delivered to the U.S. Forest Service. The Community Collaborative has spent many months deliberating, evaluating, and finding common ground to ensure that the diverse interests of the communities that encircle the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument were taken into account. The Collaborative was pleased to reach 100% consensus on the comments. “We were able to come up with a document that we can all support, which is the first time this has been done when a National Monument has been designated to serve the recreational needs of such a large, urban population,” said Liz Reilly, Councilwoman, City of Duarte, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. “The California Off-Road Vehicle Association appreciates the opportunity to work with a diverse group of interests that has the ability to find common ground, which promotes the health of the forest and recreational enhancements,” remarked Linda Wucherpfennig, Angeles National Forest Field Representative, California Off-Road Vehicle Association. Belinda Faustinos, Chair, San Gabriel Mountains Forever Coalition, said, “I am excited about this critical step for the National Monument management planning process and look forward to implementation in the near future.” “The Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians - Kizh Nation, led by Chief Ernest Salas, appreciates the tribe’s involvement in the Collaborative and is committed to preserving and protecting the sacred Hidakupa (San Gabriel Mountains) for the edification and education of all residents,” said Andrew Salas, Chairman, Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians - Kizh Nation. “The City Project looks forward to working with the U.S. Forest Service, National Forest Foundation, and the Community Collaborative to diversify access to and support for the San Gabriel Mountains for all,” noted Robert Garcia, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project. “This marks an exciting milestone for the National Monument management plan development,” said Joe Lyons, Chairperson, City of Claremont, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. To view the consensus comment letter and learn more about the San Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative, please visit www.nationalforests.org/SanGabrielMountains with direct link to the letter here.