Vet Voice Foundation Praises USDA Town Hall about San Gabriel Mountains
On August 26th, the Vet Voice Foundation attended and turned out support for an event in Baldwin Park about the future of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The public meeting, was led by USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, and included Rep. Judy Chu, and took place from4-7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center.
“I’m so glad USDA has come to Los Angeles to hear from veterans and the community about protecting the San Gabriel Mountains,” said Steve Dunwoody, Los Angeles-based Program Director for the Vet Voice Foundation. “We really appreciate the leadership and attention being paid by USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to the needs of the community and the importance of improving visitor services in the San Gabriel Mountains.”
Earlier this year, Rep. Chu introduced legislation to protect the San Gabriel Mountains and rivers and ensure access for all. Recognizing the slow pace of Congress, the Congresswoman last week announced her support for a National Monument designation on a c
In July, Dunwoody and 12 members of the Vet Voice Foundation visited Washington, D.C., to speak with policy-makers about the need to permanently protect the San Gabriel Mountains.
“Veterans, active military and their families depend on these public lands – just as all Angelenos do – for recreation and a break from our harried lives,” Dunwoody added. “We were happy the community will join us tonight in telling the Forest Service and the White House that we support a San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.”