Federal Officials Still Unclear on San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Earlier, President of the United States Barack Obama visited Southern California and used his authority to establish the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, but federal officials still don't know where the national monument is.
According to President's announcement, about 346,177 acres of national forest land in Gabriel Mountains will be included in the national monument. After that, the questions have started arising that is the Mount Baldy ski resort included within its 346,177 acres? And, what is about Southern California's Mount Baldy Village?
United States Forest Service's officials, who will manage the monument in the future, don't know about the national monument and the land it will cover. Even the representative for California Judy Chu's staff doesn't know much about the national monument. When the Department of the Interior tried to ask the US Department of Agriculture, it didn't return a phone call.
According to spokesman Andrew Mitchell, the Angeles National Forest, where most of the monument is located, of the United States Forest Service could answers the questions regarding the monument, but it will take some time.
Mitchell said, "We don't have a good detailed map ourselves. We have a generic one. We can't say for certain the ski resort and village are excluded".
Pacific Southwest Region headquarters and the Angeles National Forest office have geographic information system data that Obama administration has provided to create the map that could help in answering all the questions.
Last week, the White House had released a final map, but in that the jagged eastern edge of the monument boundary wasn't clear.
Several business owners and mountain residents don't want their inclusion in the monument. According to them, the new rules and restrictions that would be applied to the monument could affect their way of life and work.
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