Wilderness designations proposed for 30,200 acres in the western San Gabriel Mountains (Louis Sahagun, The Los Angeles Times)

“I’ve always seen the San Gabriel Mountains as a crown to the Los Angeles area,” Chu said. “Having such beautiful rivers, forests, and mountain trails so close to the density of Los Angeles is a true gift, especially for the millions who have little to no access to parks or any green space.”

“This is an exciting next step in securing protection for the wildlands of Los Angeles,” said Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of the nonprofit Climate Resolve.

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