A year after President Obama designated the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Rep. Judy Chu has penned an op-ed in today’s San Gabriel Valley Tribune about the progress that’s being made: “Expanding San Gabriel Mountains National Monument a year after its creation.”

Chu points to increased funding and resources; more Forest Service staff; increased volunteerism; and the educational and recreational benefits provided by the protected region.

The monument designation “has inspired a new generation to benefit from nature,” she writes. “I’ve seen firsthand how students struggling in school or facing difficulties at home have found new purpose thanks to educational and recreational opportunities in the San Gabriel Mountains. Many have become leaders in the community or even stewards of the mountains themselves.” Read the rest online.

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