Much of the San Gabriel mountain range lies within the Angeles National Forest, one of the busiest forests in the country, visited by more than 3 million people a year. For many visitors, this is their first and perhaps only experience with the outdoors and the tranquility of unspoiled wilderness.
The shortage of parks and open space in many local communities, along with the region’s obesity and diabetes crisis, make the San Gabriel Mountains an important and vital recreational resource. Tthe Sierra Club is working with local communities to ensure that the most heavily used areas have adequate services and that downstream communities can easily access these special places.
The Angeles National Forest is an irreplaceable natural resource that gives Los Angeles County 70 percent of its open space, provides 35 percent of the region’s drinking water, and contributes clean air to a polluted region. The forest serves as critical habitat for many endangered and sensitive plants and animals including the Nelson’s Bighorn sheep and the California condor.
The Sierra Club is working to:
- Create park and open space in the San Gabriel Valley that enables residents to connect with nature and eventually lead them to explore the mountains;
- Create a San Gabriel Region National Recreation Area in order to increase facilities, services, and staffing in the Angeles Forest — including more restrooms, access trails, picnic sites, interpretive signs, and multi-lingual rangers; and
- Protect this magnificent mountain range’s wild places by seeking the two strongest federal protections for public lands — wilderness and wild- and-scenic-river designations.