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See Montebello Hills Vision Brochure
Hills, located in the northeast section of Montebello in the
western San Gabriel Valley, are the last large area of open
space left between the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo.
The approximately 480 acres of undeveloped land, currently used
for oil production, represent less than a third of the original
hills. The western portion of the hills have been developed
with densely-packed housing tracts and a dump.
These remaining Hills are a unique natural
area, which support numerous native plants and animals including
the now rare coastal sage scrub habitat, the endangered California
gnatcatcher, and red tailed hawks, which can sometimes be seen
soaring over the nearby Pomona (60) Freeway.
The Montebello Hills act as watershed for
the Rio Hondo and are a potential crown jewel
in the Emerald Necklace, an urban park network of trails, parks
and greenways along the San Gabriel River and the Rio Hondo.
Preserved as a natural park, the Hills will provide recreation,
relaxation, ecotourism, and an opportunity to experience nature
for residents of Montebello, numerous nearby citiies and developed
county areas. The park's features will draw visitors from outside
the area, attracted by its hiking, biking, horseback riding,
nature study and picknicking opportunities. It will stand as
a refuge from urbanization for people of all ages, will protect
habitat and will maintain an important wildlife corridor.
The Montebello Hills are currently owned by
the Plains Exploration and Production Company, which is preparing
to develop these hills for residential and commercial use.
Save Our Montebello Hills Task Force has organized
to advocate our vision for protection and preservation of this
unique area as a park.