Nature for All is working to protect and expand the San Gabriel National Monument and other public lands around Los Angeles, so we may safeguard our natural resources and provide access to nature for our diverse, urban population.
The Protecting American Wilderness Act passed the House in February 2021. Next up: the Senate!
The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act (H.R. 803) package of bills, which has been championed in California by Reps. Carbajal, Chu, Huffman, and Schiff, will protect one million acres of public land and more than 500 miles of rivers in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Monica Mountains, the Central Coast and Northwest California, in addition to public lands and rivers in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington. It’s a key step forward to ensuring equitable access to public lands and achieving California’s and the nation’s goals to conserve 30% of its lands and waters by 2030.
“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.” —Rep. Judy Chu
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 Rivers Protection Act provides for the following protections:
- 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 the Senate to pass the Act to ensure our threatened natural resources remain protected, vibrant and accessible to all, now and for future generations.