From San Gabriel Mountains Forever to Nature for All
In November 2008 a renamed “San Gabriel Mountains Forever” launches with a planning meeting including 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!
2009- SGMF mission continues to be refined in planning meetings to reflect social justice, resource protection and legacy objectives.
2008 to April 2013-SGMF lobbies for most expansive vision in San Gabriel River Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study –
2008-12-Rep. David Dreier Wilderness Legislation organizing efforts expand .Dreier introduces Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests Protection Act in early 2011.
2011: Introduction of a Wilderness bill by Congressman Drier
2012/13: Generated over 10,000 comments to the San Gabriel Mountains and Watershed Special Resource Study by the National Park Service & support for the recommendations in the study by water agencies, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and a host of elected officials
2014: Introduction of San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area Bill by Congresswoman Judy Chu
2014: Proclamation by President Obama establishing San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
2015: Introduction of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Expansion and National Recreation Area bill by Congresswoman Chu
2011 – 2015: 65 participants graduated from the Leadership Academy
2015: A3PCON, Amigos de los Rios, COFEM, The Wilderness Society, Community Hiking Club, The Sierra Club and SGMF are all affirmed as members of the SG Mountains Community Collaborative
Summer, Fall 2015:Chu intros San Gabriel Mountain Foothills and River Protection Act, Knight introduces Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial and Castaic Wilderness Act.
2016: Leadership and engagement by SGMF contributed to both policy successes in the development of two major funding measures for parks and transportation and ultimately to their passage in November of 2017. In the transportation realm we were successful in securing policies regarding Transit to Park and for the Parks measure policies which support access programming were a key achievement.
2017: San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF) was approved as a fiscal sponsorship project of Community Partners on March 15, 2017. Shortly thereafter the first “Impact Report” was completed by the coalition which has served as a tool for connecting with funders, elected officials and our supporters. Congresswoman Chu reintroduced the monument expansion and National Recreation Area bill and most notably introduced Wilderness, Wild & Scenic River legislation. After an incredible challenge to National Monuments nationally the coalition launched an extensive monument defense campaign and collected close to 5,000 petitions in support of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. In September the coalition agreed to re-launch as Nature for All, reflecting the work of the coalition which extends beyond the San Gabriel Mountains.
2018: Nature for All worked to cultivate grasstops and grassroots support for a potential Harris Senate companion bill, gathering 500 petitions to date in 2018 and submitting an extensive background document on San Gabriel Mountains legislation to Harris’ office. Nature for All also supported local and state measures for water and parks, including leading the OurWaterLA coalition to garner support for the LA County BOS-endorsed Safe, Clean Water Measure (Measure W) on the upcoming November ballot; and supported the passing of Proposition 68- State Parks and Water Bond in June.