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Introducing Cohort 16!

We are super excited to announce the start of Cohort 16! 

Orientation took place on Sunday, July, 21. The orientation started at Rio Vista Park where we discussed and highlighted our coalition’s work. We then took a trip to Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center to discuss land acknowledgment and Native tribes that lived and traded in the Angeles National Forest, the work we have done in the Forest, and some of our local initiatives. Learn more about Cohort 16 by reading their bios.

Questions about the Leadership Academy? Contact Araceli@lanatureforall.org.

Nature for All celebrates the reintroduction of historic federal legislation which would further protect and create access to the San Gabriel Mountains

We are extremely pleased to announce that Senator Kamala Harris and Representative Judy Chu have reintroduced the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act which will protect wild lands, open space and rivers and improve recreation opportunities in Los Angeles County. Stretching from Santa Clarita to San Bernardino, these open space resources, particularly the San Gabriel Mountains, are the recreational “backyard” for more than 17 million Southern Californians.

“The Los Angeles area is one of the most park poor areas of the country, despite the presence of the gorgeous rivers, forests, and mountains of the San Gabriels just to the north,” said Congresswoman Chu. “President Obama’s National Monument designation increased access to and opportunities for learning and exploring in the mountains, but so much land remains to be preserved so that more people can experience our area’s unique gifts of nature. That is why I am proud to advance the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act. This legislation represents the next step in protecting and connecting the San Gabriel Mountains, and will preserve thousands of acres of land and water for future generations.”

“Under this administration, California’s beautiful public lands and its outdoor economy are under direct threat, and we must stand up against this active effort to chip away at vital environmental protections,” said Senator Harris. “Restoring and expanding protections for our public lands means protecting Americans’ right to clean air and clean water and providing everybody the opportunity to explore and enjoy the outdoors.”

This is a historic milestone in the effort to protect and restore the best remaining parts of our public lands in the Los Angeles region. The legislation will:

  • Expands the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by adding approximately 109,143 acres in the upper Los Angeles River watershed;
  • Establishes the San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area for the San Gabriel and San Jose Foothills and the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel Rivers comprised of over 51,000 acres;
  • Expands Wilderness area designations within the San Gabriel Mountains by 31,069 acres; and
  • Designates 25.3 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSR) in the San Gabriel Mountains

By introducing this legislation, Senator Harris and Rep. Chu have put us one step closer to implementing our vision, which is that everyone in the Los Angeles area – no matter where they live – has equitable access to the wide range of benefits that nature can provide.

San Gabriel Mountains Beer Series, June 30

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Join Nature for All for a fun day of beer tasting with local breweries, music, food trucks, and workshops and informational booths from environmental organizations and community groups. Attendees will learn about the work local groups are doing to protect and conserve our San Gabriel Mountains and other local natural resources while enjoying local beers brewed right here in Los Angeles County.

BACKGROUND

The Nature for All Stewards Group has partnered with local breweries, environmental non-profits, and community groups to host the first San Gabriel Mountains Beer Series this June 30th in Pasadena’s Central Park. Water is arguably the most important ingredient in brewing beer, and breweries in Los Angeles County get part of their water from rivers and streams that originate in the peaks of the San Gabriel’s. Local breweries depend on clean water and have a stake in protecting the San Gabriel Mountains and our watershed, which provide 1⁄3 of LA County’s drinking water.

BREWERIES

Eagle Rock Brewery – Los Angeles, CA
Frogtown Brewery – Los Angeles, CA
Mt. Lowe Brewing Co.  – Arcadia, CA
Pacific Plate Brewing Co. – Monrovia, CA
Alosta Brewing– Covina, CA

TICKETS

Pre-register today!sgmbeerseries.eventbrite.com
Regular Admission: $25 (includes 5 (8-oz.) samples)
VIP tickets: $40 each (includes 5 (8-oz.) samples, limited edition hat, stainless steel pint glass)

Ticket proceeds will benefit future projects by the Nature for All Stewards Group. 100% of transactions are tax-deductible.

FAMILY- FRIENDLY/ 21+

Our event is family-friendly and open to all ages, however you must be 21 years or older to enter the beer garden.

HOW TO GET THERE

We encourage you to take public transportation. The Del Mar Gold Line Station is located across the street, and there is a Metro BikeShare Station located in Central Park on Raymond Ave. For those driving, there is parking available on the street and in local parking garages.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: nfastewards@gmail.com

Lucky Thirteen — Nature for All Welcomes Leadership Academy Class #13

One-hundred and twenty-two people have graduated from Nature for All’s Leadership Academy.

A new class arrives this week — the thirteenth class since 2011.

The Leadership Academy’s six-month training program helps community members develop new skills in political organizing, civic engagement and communications techniques.

Led by the Wilderness Society for Nature For All, this thirteenth class is composed of Elizabeth Bayne, Monica Curiel, Reina Adelina Duran, Tiffany Kinh Lam, Jenny Lopez, Omar Madrid, Berenice Martinez, Remi Mateo, Rhonda Moller Mulherin, Audrey Murray, Melanie Nhan, Kimberly Orbe, Mary Pickert, Jesse Soria and Michelle Tarian.

Check-out the new crew here.

Their biographies are posted — an impressive group — get to know them!

Defending Public Lands: Utah National Monuments Under Attack

The announcement from President Trump that he signed a proclamation to dramatically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah is deplorable — and it is not in the best interest of the American people.

We stand in solidarity with those in Utah fighting to protect their national monuments. An attack on one national monument is an attack on all.

Stripping protections of our public lands? Putting the interest of the dirty fuel industries above the interests of the general public? Acting with a blatant disregard for cultural and historic preservation? This is disgraceful.

Given this administration’s disdain for the environment, this is not a surprise. Nor is this the end of our fight.

While California’s public lands were not part of today’s announcement, they remain at risk, including our San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. We will remain committed to our work to protect our beloved national monument.

When the Trump administration announced plans to review the national monuments established by presidents who used powers established by the Antiquities Act, we mobilized to protect the national monument in our backyard. Our voices were loud and clear: we need this land to be protected — and improved — to serve the needs of Angelenos, especially those living in park-poor communities.

So what can YOU do to help? We know this: Our voices matter and we can continue to work on improving our San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Tuesday, December 5, we will be at a 5:30 pm public meeting for the East Fork River Project, and we’re inviting our supporters to join us. (If you cannot attend, sign our letter to make sure the project serves the needs of all Angelenos.) Before the meeting, at 4:45 pm, there will be a rally to defend our national monuments hosted by Nature For All member organization The Sierra Club.

Support Leadership This #GivingTuesday

We need good leaders, now more than ever.

This #GivingTuesday, we give thanks to the future leaders helping us care for our public lands and advocate for the protection and enhancement of our mountains, forests, rivers, parks, and urban open spaces.

Now is the time to lead, and to take a stand. Our public lands are being threatened — including our beloved San Gabriel Mountains National Monument — by a federal administration that has no regard for protecting our environment or serving our communities.

On this #GivingTuesday, you can take a stand with us and support our Leadership Development program to find, educate, develop and encourage a new generation of environmental stewards to carry on our work.

IMG_4546 1Earlier this month, we celebrated the 12th graduating class of our Leadership Academy at a newly created urban park, the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The six-month training program focuses on developing outreach and advocacy skills, civic engagement, and local community action, and it was inspiring to look around and see faces of local citizens ready to rise up and resist — to defend our public lands and demand justice for our underserved communities.

meg-convert-a-canIt was also inspiring to see previous graduates in the audience, including Meg Devine, who developed the Convert-A-Can project in the program several years ago and continues with running it today. The program enlists volunteers to turn trash bins into art installations, to curb graffiti and beautify our public spaces. Meg is among 121 Leadership Academy graduates have worked on projects to enhance and improve our public lands; provide access to nature for kids and families living in park-poor communities; clean our trails, rivers and streams; and educate students about environmental justice and the public health benefits of spending time in nature.

In addition to the academy, our Leadership program supports 100+ volunteers and dozens of super-volunteers activists working with us on community engagement projects. We are grateful for these volunteers and inspired by them. You can be, too. We can do this together.

With your support, we can continue to grow our Leadership program and work to protect the mountains and rivers in our area, to conserve resources and be more climate-resilient. We can continue to create more natural spaces, such as parks and bike paths, in our historically underserved neighborhoods. We can continue to connect people to public lands through more trails and other outdoor recreational opportunities, to improve public health.

With your help, we can find and support the leaders we need to ensure that everyone in the Los Angeles area — no matter where they live—has equitable access to the wide range of benefits that nature can provide.

Thank you for giving.