San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Fund and Collaborative Update
The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Fund is 92% of its way to reaching $3 million. Recent funds received will provide additional local supplies of water for groundwater recharge by removing the invasive weed giant reed (Arundo donax) that consumes five times more water than native vegetation. Removing one acre of giant reed will provide enough water for 40 households for a year. Additional projects focused on Sustainable Recreation are getting off the ground in Big Tujunga and San Gabriel Canyons.
June has been a busy month for Community Collaborative members! Following the release of the Need to Change Analysis and official start of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Forest Plan amendment process, Community Collaborative members agreed to roll up their sleeves and work quickly. During the Forest Service’s initial 45-day public comment period, the Community Collaborative will meet multiple times as a full group and in committees to develop consensus recommendations in response to the Need to Change Analysis. The Community Collaborative will work diligently to incorporate the viewpoints of its diverse members, who represent many interests and communities throughout the region, the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
The Community Collaborative is hoping to participate actively in the forest planning process, and looks forward to keeping you updated as the process moves forward.