Nature for All has been working to protect the public lands and green, open spaces around Los Angeles and connect Angelenos to nature since 2008, when we formed as the San Gabriel Mountains Forever coalition. Since then, we have expanded our mission to conserve resources and be more climate-resilient; create more natural spaces such as parks and bike paths in our historically underserved neighborhoods; and connect people and public lands through more trails and other outdoor recreational opportunities, to improve public health.
Organized press conference to celebrate Senator Alex Padilla’s introduction of the PUBLIC Lands Act, with Tongva leader Chief Anthony Morales, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Congresswomen Judy Chu and Grace Napolitano, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, and other environmental and community leaders.
Developed program vision to provide transit access to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument/Angeles National Forest for diverse, underserved communities; Nature for All becomes a fully-fledged nonprofit organization by receiving 501c3 status from the IRS!
Launched a robust Leadership Development Program by adding a San Gabriel Valley component; assumed responsibility for the Leadership Academy; provided input on Prop 68 Access Programs, and Measure A, M & W implementation policies (parks, water, transportation).
Worked to cultivate grasstops and grassroots support for a potential Harris Senate companion bill; supported local and state measures for water and parks, including a leadership role in the OurWaterLA coalition.
SGMF re-branded as Nature for All in October, as we reflected on our expanded campaign plan to include policy objectives for parks equity, access, and water resilience.
Leadership and engagement by San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF) contributed to policy successes in the development of two major funding measures for parks and transportation (that passed in 2017).
A3PCON, Amigos de los Rios, COFEM, The Wilderness Society, Community Hiking Club, The Sierra Club and SGMF were all affirmed as members of the SG Mountains Community Collaborative.
Introduction of San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area Bill by Congresswoman Judy Chu; Proclamation by President Obama establishing San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
Supported the recommendations in the study by water agencies, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and a host of elected officials.
10,000+ comments generated for the San Gabriel Mountains and Watershed Special Resource Study by the National Park Service.
Introduction of a Wilderness bill by Congressman Dreier.
David Dreier Wilderness Legislation organizing efforts expand.
SGMF mission continues to be refined in planning meetings to reflect social justice, resource protection, and legacy objectives.
In November 2008, “San Gabriel Mountains Forever” launches a planning meeting with representatives from the Old-timers Foundation, COFEM, the Project Amiga, LA Voice, the City Project, Sierra Club, TWS, FOR, Campaign for Americas Wilderness, Progressive Christians Uniting, and the California Wilderness Coalition. This is the official beginning!