Event: International Mountain Day Hike

sgmf pleasant valley rob morales.jpgWHAT: Join us as we celebrate International Mountain Day—by hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains. Snacks and light lunch will be provided.

WHEN: December 12, 2015; 8:30 am – 2 pm

WHERE: Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness Area (TBD); carpool option available

WHO: Hosted by the Sierra Club and San Gabriel Mountains Forever

RSVP: Please RSVP to roberto [dot] morales [at] sierraclub [dot] org

MORE INFO: The UN General Assembly designated December 11 as International Mountain Day in 2003

Check our calendar for more events information

SGMF Events: Coming Right Up

We’re excited to announce that we’re working on San Gabriel Mountains Forever events and also teaming up with SGMF member organizations on their events. That means we will be providing opportunities for the public to be involved in our work to protect and improve the San Gabriel Mountains, rivers, and foothills—and to enjoy time in the great outdoors (of course!).

Please consult our events calendar, which includes our events as well as events hosted by member organizations and others that would be of interest to those aligned with our mission.

We’re Thankful for Volunteers

At an SGMF retreat this November, at the Eaton Canyon Nature Park, we discussed ways in which volunteers help us achieve our goals to protect and improve the San Gabriel Mountains and region. Joining us were members of the Stewards of the San Gabriel Mountains, which includes graduates of our Leadership Academy, as well as volunteers from COFEM, one of our member organizations. During the month of Thanksgiving, it’s an especially fitting time to offer thanks to those past, present—and future—volunteers who help us with these efforts. Interested in getting involved? Check out events calendar for volunteer opportunities and consider applying for our Leadership Academy.

Bill for More Protection: Monument Expansion and NRA

chu bill map

Great news: Congresswoman Judy Chu introduced the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act today in Washington, D.C. This bill, supported by Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, Congressman Adam Schiff, Rep. Linda Sánchez, and U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, will expand the existing National Monument and create a new National Recreation Area to enhance conservation, increase access for all communities by connecting park poor areas to open space, and improve the management of the area through improved resources, education, and public engagement. It’s good for Angelenos and also and visitors to the region, and it helps protect for our water supply and wildlife habitat.

Our press release

Map showing the proposed region

Sign your name to our letter thanking Congresswoman Judy Chu for introducing this legislation

Psychiatric Support for SGMF

In September, the Southern California Psychiatric Society Council (SCPS) passed motion to send a letter of endorsement of SGMF activities to Senators Feinstein and Boxer and to publicize the mental health initiative in Psychiatrist, the Society’s newsletter, which appears monthly in hardcopy and is published online. “Improving access to environments that provide opportunities for walking, hiking, enjoying natural wonders, and spending time interacting with friends and family has great therapeutic implications,” they write. See full article with mention of SGMF’s mental health initiative on page 10.

Allowing Time for National Monument Improvements to Be Made

In response to the August 18 Los Angeles Times story,”In the San Gabriel Mountains, they’re asking: What monument?,” SGMF member Daniel Rossman of the Wilderness Society wrote this letter to the editor:

To the editor: It’s true that, after decades of neglect, many areas within the newly designated San Gabriel Mountains National Monument need improvement. But the president gave the U.S. Forest Service three years to create a new management plan.

Why belittle the great achievement of permanent protection, won less than a year ago when our backyard mountain range became a national monument? This is a source of drinking water, wildlife habitat and much-needed recreational opportunities, especially for those with little access to parks.

Only the first round of public comments is complete. We urge the Forest Service to listen to the many voices calling for a better management plan, one that includes cleanup of trash and graffiti, improves trails and offers education programs. We must keep watch on the Forest Service’s progress.