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Napolitano & Colleagues Introduce Resolution Honoring San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

December 1, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) joined eight Los Angeles area colleagues in introducing H.Res. 639, honoring the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the more-than-a-decade-long process of community engagement that led to its designation.

“H.Res. 639 pays tribute to all of the local residents, elected officials, small business owners, community leaders, and conservationists who worked together for more than ten years to protect and preserve our beloved San Gabriel Mountains,” Napolitano said. “It underscores the fully transparent process, consisting of listening sessions, public comment periods, and bipartisan legislative initiatives at both state and federal levels, which ultimately led to a National Monument designation just over three years ago. This historic designation has enabled San Gabriel Valley communities to leverage additional federal dollars for critically needed recreation, trail maintenance, trash collection, and fire prevention services. As we celebrate these successes, we remain committed to protecting the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument from threats to reduce its size or undermine the will of our communities. We must preserve this green space, a critical source of clean air and fresh water for millions of people and a vital outdoor recreation area, for future generations.”

Napolitano introduced H.Res. 639 with Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27), Norma Torres (CA-35), Adam Schiff (CA-28), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), and Nannette Barragán (CA-44).

“President Obama’s declaration of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument was a pivotal moment that was over a decade in the making,” said Rep. Judy Chu. “I was there for many of the planning sessions, townhalls, and roundtables that made this possible, and I was so impressed and moved by the passion of the community that rallied and organized themselves to preserve and protect these precious outdoor spaces. The fruits of that labor are seen in the improved trails, safety, and access to the San Gabriel Mountains, but now, with this resolution, we will honor the community effort as well. This resolution recognizes the importance of these mountains, rivers, and forests to the millions of people in the Los Angeles area and honors the kind of community spirit and hard work that make change possible. I’m proud of our monument and I’m proud of our community members and local organizations that brought it about.”

Background/Timeline

  • Early 2000s: Conservation organizations push for greater protections of the San Gabriel Mountains. Out of this the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Group (now known as Nature for All) is formed, which organizes extensive public outreach campaigns and coordination efforts among State agencies, local officials, and other relevant stakeholders.
     
  • 2003: Former Congresswoman Hilda Solis introduces legislation that requires the National Park Service to determine if the area of the San Gabriel Mountains was nationally significant and to determine if a special designation would benefit the San Gabriel Mountains.
     
  • 2010: Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality hold America’s Great Outdoors listening sessions in the area of the San Gabriel Mountains.
     
  • 2011: Former Republican Congressman David Dreier introduces bipartisan legislation to further protect the mountains.
     
  • 2014: Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu introduces legislation to further protect the mountains.
     
  • 2014: Obama Administration, led by the U.S. Forest Service, holds a town hall on further protections of the San Gabriel Mountains.
     
  • October 2014: President Barack Obama permanently protected the San Gabriel Mountains by designating it as a National Monument under the authority granted by the Antiquities Act of 1906.
     
  • April 2017: President Donald Trump issues an executive order, instructing Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of all presidential monument designations since 1996 that cover more than 100,000 acres, which includes the 350,000-acre area protected by the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
     
  • December 2017: Several months after President Trump announced his executive order, local Southern Californians have yet to hear from the President or Secretary Zinke on how they plan to proceed with the 3-year-old designation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

 

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