The San Gabriel Mountains extend across both the Angeles and the San Bernardino national forests. The forests are some of the busiest in the country, drawing more than 5 million visitors each year. But the forests are woefully underfunded and underserviced and often lack adequate trail signs, visitor information, staffing, and culturally-appropriate education programs. At popular destinations, there are not enough parking spaces, riverbank trails, trash containers or restrooms.
Within Los Angeles’ urban communities, the shortage of parks and open space is shortchanging our children. Data shows that San Gabriel Valley communities with little to no parks have child obesity rates upwards of 30 to 40 percent. Securing permanent protections for the San Gabriel Mountains and the surrounding area will help solve many of these problems and will bring a number of community benefits, including:
- Increasing facilities, services, and staffing in the Angeles Forest-including more access trails, interpretative signs and multi-lingual rangers.
- Preserving and enhancing the natural, historic and scenic resources of the San Gabriel Mountains and the valley.
- Improving water quality and fishing by reducing trash, graffiti and user-created dams on the San Gabriel River.
- Creating and improving urban parks and open space that provides opportunities for residents to connect with nature and explore the mountains.
- Boosting economic benefits with increased tourism, job creation and higher property values for adjacent communities.