A generous gift from Pomona College will allow the City of Claremont to add Evey Canyon and parts of the Padua Hills to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
The 2017 issue of The Post, the official newsletter of the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy, is now available.
The CWC urges you to call or write Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in support of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the 26 other national monuments that are at risk, after he placed them under review in April. As a result, congressional action could lead to reductions in the size of these monuments, or elimination of them.
One of the Trump administration's arguments for initiating the review is that community participation in the process of creating these monuments was lacking. We need to demonstrate that this was not the case and that the monument meets vital needs in our region.
The deadline for public comment is July 10, and your input can make a difference. See the full story for details about CWC advocacy and how to get involved.
The City of Claremont will hold an organizing meeting on Monday, March 27 for anyone interested in volunteering with "Friends of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park." These newly forming Friends groups will work independently on projects, as well as support the City in outdoor education and outreach, relationship with the neighbors, and the preservation of valuable open space.
The City Council has removed the issue of parking in Claraboya from the agenda for Tuesday, October 25. For reasons unknown to us, the City Council has pulled the agenda item that deals with the question of parking in Claraboya. We will keep you updated as more information comes available.
The Claremont Wildlands Conservancy's newest board member, Antonio Sanchez, reports on a recent conversation with the CWC board's eldest member, Georgeann Andrus.
Alongside the CWC's official response to the draft of the Wilderness Park master plan, this Fall members of the Conservancy's board of directors have also written letters to Claremont's mayor, its city council, and relevant city staff members on a variety of topics related to the master plan. Copies of these letters have also been published in the Claremont Courier. These letters have focused important issues including park funding, expansion, governance, access, and community benefits.
The CWC responds to the City of Claremont's call for public comment on its Draft Master Plan for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The CWC Board has analyzed the draft plan and formulated our responses to its various proposals. We are in general agreement with many of the recommendation, but we identify three major areas where we see opportunities to improve the plan, including vision, funding, and governance.
In response to the Forest Service's call for public input on its San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Management Plan, the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy has submitted the following comment. Our comment encourages collaboration among the newly created National Monument and neighboring agencies and communities, especially in the areas of the SGMNM plan focused on Reducing the Risk of Catastrophic Wildland Fire, Providing Outdoor Recreation Activities, and Improving Watershed Condition.
As part of the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy's ongoing Speaker Series, in March, Paul Faulstich, Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pitzer College, shared nature photos that capture the behaviors of wildlife in the Wilderness Park. And, in October, Mark von Wodtke, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Design at Cal Poly Pomona, discussed climate change and its impacts on Claremont's watershed.
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