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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

November 2015 Update

There has been much going on with the Community Collaborative and Monument Fund. Read on for the latest update.
The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Fund projects are starting to make great progress. In January, we began to improve habitat and increase local supplies of water for groundwater recharge by removing the invasive and highly water consuming plant, giant reed (Arundo donax). The Los Angeles Conservation Corps and contractors removed 4 acres of Arundo, providing enough water for 160 households per year. The project to improve the overall health of the San Gabriel River Watershed started this spring with the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps helping to remove trash, improve trails and access points, and provide forest outreach to encourage community wellness. Additional projects such as chaparral restoration, sustainable recreation improvements in Big Tujunga Canyon, and trails projects in San Gabriel Canyon will be moving forward in the next couple of months.

For more information about the fund and how to contribute please visit: https://www.nationalforests.org/who-we-are/our-impact/sgnm.


 
Spring is the season for fresh initiatives. The San Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative recently launched four new committees, including a Steering Committee, Monument & Transportation Plan Coordinating Committee, Communications & Outreach Committee, and Projects & External Impacts Committee. Each committee is currently comprised of Collaborative members and alternates, but the members intend to bring in other voices and perspectives to help with future priorities. If you’d like to contact the chairs of each committee, or view committee descriptions, please visit www.nationalforests.org/SanGabrielMountains.
 
The Community Collaborative is gearing up for the release of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Management Plan Environmental Assessment (EA), which will begin with the first two draft chapters in April. The Monument Plan & Transportation Coordinating Committee will begin analyzing the chapters in April to provide comments for the full Community Collaborative to review.
 
 
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