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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Summer 2016 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 heat up as the summer temperatures begin to rise. The Arundo Removal and Habitat Restoration project removed 6 acres of the invasive plant from Big Tujunga and Little Tujunga Canyons, ensuring more water will stay in the ground when the rains return in the fall. We launched the chaparral restoration project with our partners the Forest Service, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. The San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps began work in San Gabriel Canyon to protect the watershed and address sustainable recreation needs by removing trash, improving trails and access points, and helping stressed trees thanks to support from the Coca Cola Golden Triangle Fund.
 
With the USFS and many partners we have 40 youth working as Nature Ambassadors, Watershed Rangers, and Field Rangers to assist with outreach to the community in the forest this summer. The youth in these programs will also receive California Naturalist certifications and University of California credits for completing a 40 hour course over the summer.

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


 
In May, the Angeles National Forest released Chapters 1 and 2 of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Management Plan. The National Forest released the first two chapters early, and expects to release the full EA in late July. As Forest Supervisor Jeffrey Vail stated in a letter accompanying the release “The objective of the early release of Chapters 1 and 2 is to increase public awareness and engagement by allowing additional time to review and understand the proposed plan before the official comment period.” You can find Chapters 1 and 2 of the EA here.
 
Through leadership from the Monument Plan & Transportation Coordinating Committee, the Community Collaborative is working to identify issues in the draft chapters and develop consensus comments. The Community Collaborative is also planning to participate in public meetings later this summer.
 
For more information about the Community Collaborative, including recent meeting documents, please visit www.nationalforests.org/SanGabrielMountains.

 
 
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