Proposed legislation would expand San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and create a San Gabriel River National Recreation Area

The purple area shows the proposed expansion area; the blue area shows the proposed San Gabriel River National Recreation Area.

After much controversy, U.S. and Pacific nations strike a flawed trade deal

On Oct. 5, the New York Times reported that the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations reached a trade deal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Sierra Club has been working tirelessly to expose the threats of this deal on communities, the environment, and our climate.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

"Despite widespread, international opposition, the United States government is moving toward signing a trade deal that threatens our families, our communities, and our environment.

Coastal Commission approves of storage facility for spent nuclear fuel rods

UPDATE 10/7/15:

Learn about dangerous releases from Torrance refinery -- and what you can do about it

The accidental release of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF) at the recently sold ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance on Sept. 6 was a warning sign and wakeup call for South Bay communities.  

Join the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, October 5, to learn, ask questions, share information, and discuss the case against MHF at ExxonMobil. The meeting will be held at 2761 W. 190th St. in Redondo Beach (the meeting room is in the back on the northwest corner of the building).

Angeles Chapter intern launches environmental podcast

The new Southern Sierran/Schedule of Activities is here!

Download a copy of the Oct.-Dec. 2015 Southern Sierran/Schedule of Activities here. It lists outings, hikes, trip and other activities for the last quarter of the year.

Help us preserve open space at Banning Ranch in Newport Beach

Learn the the facts about the 1,375 homes and resort complex planned for Banning Ranch in Newport Beach, and how you can help save all 401 acres of Banning Ranch as open space for future generations.

Leadership Training Committee announces new administrator

The Chapter's Leaderhip Training (LTC) and Outings Management (OMC) committees announce a new team approach to the duties of the LTC Administrator a role that provides guidance and records managment for outings leader candidates.
Former Administrator Bob Draney, is retiring from the position of sole LTC Admin. Now Adrienne Benedict has stepped in to head up a team consisting of LTC Chair Anne Marie Richardson, Bob Draney and OMC Chair Jane Simpson. 

Want to help grow the Chapter's outings program? Come to Outings Assembly on Nov. 1

Join us for the annual Angeles Chapter Outings Assembly on Nov. 1 at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Los Angeles.

The theme this year is "Communication, Social Media and National Parks 2016." A program agenda will be provided, with various workshops available at 10 a.m. followed by the meeting starting at 11 a.m.

All Outings chairs, leaders, participants and all other interested persons are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Fire in Montebello Hills raises new dangers about housing proposal

Officials in Montebello, Calif., have confirmed that damage from a recent wildfire was more extensive than previously reported. 

The Lincoln Fire began around 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 near the Rio Hondo River section of the Whittier Narrows. The fire spread quickly in two directions, north to the Bosque de Rio Hondo recreation area and east into the Montebello Hill oilfield. The oilfield is located within Unit 9 of the California Gnatcatcher Critical Habitat designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007.


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