Success: President Creates National Monument

San Gabriel Mountains

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Thank President Obama for declaring San Gabriel Mountains a national monument

Ending decades of debate about this location, President Barack Obama has declared the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles to be a National Monument. The location supplies a third of Los Angeles’ drinking water and is a popular location for hiking, trekking, camping, and other recreational activities. Thank the president for protecting this land from mining and other ventures that would destroy this pristine region.

ForceChange recently petitioned on this issue, and it is thanks to pressure from concerned citizens that this mountain range is now protected. The president placed 350,000 acres of this land under national protection. The area accounts for more than 70 percent of the open space in the county. Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu worked tirelessly to get this land declared a national recreation area, but when efforts were halted by congress, Chu turned to President Obama for aid and he gladly obliged. It is not just Chu who wanted to protect this area, local activists and tourists wanted the same protection. The location is a popular recreation area, but it also supplies the thousands of residents in Los Angeles with water and beautiful scenery.

The San Gabriel Mountains offer a rich and diverse ecosystem, where animals such as coyotes, rabbits, eagles, and pumas roam the region. Varied plant life such as conifers and chaparral also live in this mountainous region. Endangered species such as the Nelson’s bighorn sheep and mountain yellow-legged frogs call this place home and if mining ventures were allowed to operate here, it would reduce their chances for survival.

President Obama has declared a number of different landmarks in the United States national monuments. These locations are protected from efforts such as mining and drilling, and are well loved and appreciated by the residents in the area. It is crucial that humans learn to appreciate their environment so future generations of animals can continue to enjoy it.


Dear President Barack Obama,

Recently, you arrived in Los Angeles to declare the San Gabriel Mountains a national monument after Congresswoman Judy Chu enlisted your help. Chu, who has worked tirelessly to make this region a national recreational area, could not receive help from Congress and solicited you for aid. I appreciate you coming out to California and making this woman’s dream a reality. Please know that thousands of other Californians, especially in the Los Angeles area, are grateful for your help. This area is known as a wonderful outdoor location for various activities and it is comforting to know that this place will be available for generations to come.

As president you’ve declared many landmarks in the United States national monuments. I am pleased that you’re taking the environment seriously and I hope future presidents will do the same. This planet is our home, and we should treat it with respect.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Rennett Stowe via Flickr

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  1. Thank you. We can’t create more, so every little bit helps to protect what we have now.

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