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.
Please join CWC in advocating for continued Johnson's Pasture access by opposing new parking restrictions in Claraboya. In September, the Traffic and Transportation Commission voted unanimously to deny the request for proposed parking restrictions in Claraboya. Now we need to convince the City Council that this is the right decision. We encourage you to join us at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30pm.
The Claremont Wildlands Conservancy encourages you to vote for LA County Measure A. It will protect clean water resources, upgrade urban parks and beaches, and preserve natural areas for wilderness parks in our hillsides.
Access to the Johnson's Pasture entrance to the Wilderness Park is in danger right now, and the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy needs your help.
Please join us at the next meeting of the Traffic and Transportation Committee Meeting (Thursday, September 22, 7:00pm.) to oppose an effort to restrict parking on Claraboya's public streets.
The Claremont Wildlands Conservancy's newest board member, Antonio Sanchez, reports on a recent conversation with the CWC board's eldest member, Georgeann Andrus.
Last Tuesday night, May 10, the City Council passed the final version of the Master Plan and Implementation Plan for the Wilderness Park. Those of us in the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy would like to thank all of you who supported our efforts to create a viable Master Plan that will pave the way to conserve the natural beauty of the Park, maintain access for all those who wish to visit, manage the Park in ways that achieve the goals of the Master Plan, provide sustainable funding, and look towards the future by seeking to expand the Park through acquisition of adjacent properties.
The City has published its final versions of the Master Plan and its Implementation Plan for management of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
These are the versions that the Claremont City Council will review, next Tuesday, May 10th.
We at the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy will also be reviewing the two documents, in order to offer our perspective at the City Council meeting.
We invite you to look over the two plans, and to attend the meeting to share your perspective.
Read the Master Plan here.
Read the Implementation Plan here.
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.
The next event in the CWC's Speaker Series will take place on Saturday, October 3, from 10:00-11:30 AM. Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited will give a talk and slideshow about the birds of Claremont and the surrounding areas, with a special focus on birds in north Claremont and the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The free event will take place at the Claremont Public Library.
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.
On July 4th we celebrate the US Declaration of Independence. But the 4th is also a good occasion to consider how we are interdependent. The idea has been expressed clearly and eloquently by the naturalist John Muir, who wrote, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." In a talk delivered in Memorial Park on July 4th, 2014, CWC Board Members Terry Grill and Andy Lee Roth consider three ways that interdependence relates to Claremont's great jewel, the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
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