San Gabriel Mountains Forever Campaign
In 2008, a group of environmental national organizations and local grassroots organizations came together to create a coalition called San Gabriel Mountains Forever, (Amigos de los Rios was a participant) to fight for permanent protection of the San Gabriel Mountains and improve access for all Angelinos.
Protecting the San Gabriel Mountains
For more than 10 years, SGMF Coalition worked to protect the mountains, rivers and wild spaces, and improve access to communities that live beyond the foothills.
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.
We need your support to pass the PAW Act!
Background: In February 2020 the House of Representatives and the committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2546 – Protecting America’s Wilderness (PAW) Act (H.R. 2546, DeGette), a combination of six public lands bills which includes the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act.
Update: Protecting America’s Wilderness (PAW) Act is awaiting passage via the The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which is a “must-pass” legislation for Congress. We need your support to urge members to pass the PAW Act and have the bill signed by the President.
Protecting Unique and Beautiful Landscapes by Investing in California (PUBLIC) Lands and PAW Act were introduced to:
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 PAW Act to ensure our threatened natural resources remain protected, vibrant and accessible to all, now and for future generations.
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