Pasadena Sierra Club hosts panel discussion Wednesday on preserving San Gabriel River and Mountains
By Carl Kozlowski 08/29/2013
With nature under siege from global warming and commercial and residential development, the San Gabriel Mountains are in need of special protections. To that end, Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu will be hosting a town-hall style meeting on Sept. 7 in Claremont regarding the proposed San Gabriel River and Mountains National Recreation Area.
In preparation for that event, the Pasadena Sierra Club will host a panel discussion on the same topic at its monthly meeting on Wednesday at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The official program title of the Sierra Club presentation is “The Proposed San Gabriel River and Mountains
National Recreation Area: What Will It Mean to Residents of the San Gabriel Valley?”
At the meeting, a panel of speakers will present the latest information about legislation that Chu hopes to introduce this fall, and discuss the proposal being advanced by the San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign.
Panelists will include Belinda Faustinos, consultant to the Trust for Public Lands; Daniel Rossman, California Regional Associate of the Wilderness Society; and Fabiola Lao, Associate Organizing Representative of the Sierra Club.
“Our speakers will describe and explore the alternative ways in which the San Gabriel River valley and mountains might be protected and come under improved recreational management through the services of the National Park Service,” said David Czamanske, chair of the Pasadena Sierra Club.
Two weeks ago, an ad hoc committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments voted to include the Angeles National Forest, which is managed by the US Forest Service, in the San Gabriel Mountain National Recreation Area.
“The purpose of our program is to educate the public about recreational opportunities of the lands along the river and protect the water quality for the residents of the San Gabriel Valley,” Czamanske said.
The meeting at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the program at starting at 7:15 p.m. For information, call (626) 458-8646.
The meeting with Chu is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Taylor Reception Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hills Blvd., Claremont.