Obama’s San Gabriel Monument Designation a Good Step Toward a Lasting Conservation Legacy
WASHINGTON (October 10, 2014) – With today’s planned declaration of Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument, President Obama is providing permanent federal protection for the area’s towering peaks, mature forests and dramatic waterfalls, which retain much of their natural splendor.
Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement:
“For Angelenos, the San Gabriels are like having Yellowstone next door, and the president has wisely moved to save them before it’s too late. Now the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles can find wild beauty right in their backyards. The president at his second inaugural vowed to protect treasured public lands that are threatened by development. There are many more to choose from, such as Utah’s Greater Canyonlands region. By continuing to use his authority to save our wild places, he can build a legacy that will be remembered for generations.”
NRDC earlier called for the president to declare the San Gabriel region a monument to preserve its stunning landscapes and cultural sites and to improve access.
Read more at Frances Beinecke’s blog about the announcement: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/obama_preserves_san_gabriel_mo.html