Action Alert: Petition for the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act

We Need Your Support for committee hearings on the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act.

The San Gabriel Mountains provide 70% of Los Angeles County’s open space, and the need has never been greater for improved visitor services, access to nature for our diverse urban population, and expanded natural resource protection. To address these issues, the San Gabriel Mountains, Foothills and Rivers Protection Act has been introduced in the House and Senate to:

  • Expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by adding approximately 109,143 acres in the upper Los Angeles River watershed;
  • Establish 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;
  • Expand Wilderness area designations within the San Gabriel Mountains by 31,069 acres; and
  • Designate 45.5 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the San Gabriel Mountains.
  • Please sign our petition to urge Congress to pass these bills to ensure our threatened natural resources remain protected, vibrant and accessible to all, now and for future generations.

Join more than 9,207+ supporters, 68+ elected officials, 65+ organizations and 25+ businesses who have already signed to help us protect LA’s largest open space and source of natural resources.

Take Action Today!

Enrollment Closed for Cohort 17

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Our Goal

To find, educate, develop and encourage environmental stewards to care for our public lands and to advocate for the protection and enhancement of our mountains, forests, rivers, parks, and urban open spaces.

Our Work

The Leadership Academy is a long-term training program that focuses on developing organizing and advocacy skills, civic engagement, and local community action. Established in 2011, the Leadership Academy has thus far, graduated 16 cohorts and a total of 195 individuals. This hands-on training program is focused in low- income and underserved communities, in order to develop diverse environmental leaders. Our curriculum combines direct experience from coalition members and partners on a variety of topics, including direct advocacy, power analysis, public speaking, community organizing and other related topics. Throughout the academy, participants establish relationships among coalition members, partners, and other current environmental leaders, who then support participants through direct mentorship, employment, volunteering, and networking opportunities. Through the academy, participants will be invited to apply for funding (upto $1000) to create a project that furthers our mission to Protect, Create and Connect. Thus far, over 90 community projects have been completed through the leadership academy, and a hand full of these projects continue to be hosted by graduates today. These projects include river restoration projects, Art restoration and improvement projects, ongoing hikes in low income and underserved communities, and many more.  Upon completion of the training and an engaging community project, participants are stipend $500 for their participation.

Winter/Spring 2020 Leadership Academy

The applications for Cohort 17 are now CLOSED! Applications for Cohort 18 open at the End of Summer 2020.

Leadership Academy sessions will take place in San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles on the following days. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions. Attendance of 80% (9 out of the 12) classes and completion of a community project are required , in order to receive a $500 award of completion of the academy. Participants will be given advanced notice of any changes to the session schedule and locations. Below are dates and pending locations for this cohort.

Leadership Academy sessions:

  1. Sunday, January 12: Orientation, 8 am to 3 pm
  2. Wednesday, January 22, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  3. Wednesday, February 5, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  4. Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  5. Sunday, February 23, 9 am – 12 pm
  6. Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  7. Wednesday, March 18, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  8. Saturday, March 28, 9 am- 12 pm
  9. Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  10. Wednesday, April 15, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  11. Saturday, April 25, 9 am – 12 pm
  12. Wednesday, April 29, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  13. Wednesday, May 13: Graduation, 6 – 8:30 pm

We will announce locations for those accepted to the program.

For more information and pictures on the last two cohorts please visit the Leadership Academy Page or email if you have questions.

Read interviews with Leadership Academy graduates.

Check out our graduates who have made the headlines:

Carolyn Jones from cohort 14 was featured in USC Story Space

Araceli Hernandez featured on LA Daily News for their Academy project: 818Hikes

Joel Glen and Christina Harrington create pictorial messages for Trump: Leave San Gabriel Mountains monument alone