Media Alert: San Gabriel Mountains Forever Celebrates Anniversary of National Monument

MEDIA ADVISORY MEDIA 
October 5, 2015

SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATION WITH KICK-OFF EVENT TO SHARE VISION FOR RECREATIONAL AREA

Congresswoman Judy Chu to Join Federal and Local Officials and Community Leaders 

WHAT: One year after President Obama designated the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, Congresswoman Judy Chu will join representatives from federal, state and local agencies and organizations to discuss upcoming plans to make improvements to the region’s forests, rivers, and foothills and provide access to all for Southern California residents and visitors.

The San Gabriel Partnership Fund and San Gabriel Mountains Forever will also showcase the work completed by local organizations in the last year to make the monument accessible to urban, park-poor residents.

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 9 am to 1 pm

WHERE: Meeting location is at Azusa River Wilderness Park (100 Old San Gabriel Canyon Rd, Azusa, CA 91702). Bus shuttles will take invited guests and volunteers to the event site at the Oaks picnic area.

WHO: USFS – San Gabriel Mountains National Monument staff; Regional Forester, Randy Moore; USDA Representatives; Congresswoman Judy Chu; San Gabriel Mountains Forever staff; National Forest Foundation; San Gabriel Mountains Partnership Fund; Watershed Conservation Authority; Rivers and Mountains Conservancy; local conservation corps members; San Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative.

WHY: The San Gabriel Mountains represent 70 percent of the open space accessible to the 14 million who live within an hour drive, many of whom live in urban communities without adequate green space. A year ago, President Obama designated the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, setting aside over 340,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest for permanent protection.

About San Gabriel Mountains Forever
San Gabriel Mountains is a diverse partnership of residents, cities, local business owners, faith and community leaders, health and environmental justice organizations, and recreation and conservation groups that are working to permanently protect the San Gabriel Mountains, rivers, and foothills. For more than a decade, San Gabriel Mountains Forever has worked with local communities to protect and provide access to our forests, rivers and parks, and to develop a new, diverse generation of environmental stewards to care for our public lands.
About The San Gabriel Partnership Fund
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Wyss Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund, the California Community Foundation, and The California Endowment, along with other foundations, established the San Gabriel Partnership Fund to support projects identified by communities surrounding the monument to upgrade recreation areas and facilities, improve community access, clean up rivers, and restore natural habitats. The fund will be managed by Resources Legacy Fund. The foundations committed $500,000 to immediately support recreation and habitat restoration projects in and around the new monument to improve access and safety for millions of annual visitors.

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