Bringing National Parks to the People: Representative Chu Introduces San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   June 12, 2014
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.728.0840; Mobile: 415.847.1768


Bringing National Parks to the People: Representative Chu Introduces San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act

“In introducing the San Gabriel National Recreation Area Act today, Representative Chu is answering long-standing calls by her constituents and a diverse and ever-growing population of Los Angeles and surrounding county residents to enhance southern California’s conservation legacy.  Residents and visitors alike to Los Angeles County, our country’s most densely populated areas, will enjoy the many recreational, educational, economical, and conservation-based benefits that come with a national park designation.”

“Growing up in southern California, one of my first nature experiences was during a week-long outdoor education class in San Gabriel Mountains. Since then, I have hiked, camped, and introduced urban youth to the region, through outdoor adventure camps; this personal connection to the region is mirrored by many local stakeholders, who for years have asked for a new national park, with lands managed by the National Park Service. Creating a new national park site will also ensure that funding will be provided to enhance the visitor’s experience, and will better protect this region’s natural and cultural heritage. The National Park Service has a proven track record of fostering positive partnerships with state, county, and local agencies; including in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Such best practices would be built upon in engaging an ever-evolving audience of national park visitors and supporters with this proposal.”

“Representative Chu’s legislation reflects many of the National Park Service recommendations from its final special resources study of the San Gabriel watershed and mountains of protecting wildlife corridors, dynamic river systems, and long history of scientific discovery. The national recreation area would enhance wildlife corridors and protections for the 123 animal species that call the area home, including Nelson’s big horn sheep and California condor, and 73 plant species that are considered sensitive or endangered.”

“A San Gabriel National Recreation Area would mark a positive steps towards a goal shared by the Obama Administration’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association of connecting urban communities with our national parks.”
                                                                                          

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