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Good news for California parks following Biden proposal

President Biden is gearing up to expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in California, building on his commitment to conservation and equitable access to nature. Originally designated by President Obama, these expansions aim to address the needs of undeserved communities, particularly in eastern Los Angeles, where access to green spaces is limited. The move comes as part of Biden's broader conservation agenda, aligning with his ambitious goal of conserving 30% of America's lands and waters by 2030.

The proposed expansions have garnered support from various quarters, including conservation groups, Native American tribes, and lawmakers like Sen. Alex Padilla and Rep. Judy Chu. While legislative efforts to enlarge the monuments have faced obstacles in Congress, Biden plans to utilize executive authority under the Antiquities Act to bypass gridlock. Advocates emphasize the importance of these expansions in protecting sensitive landscapes, improving access to nature, and honoring the cultural heritage of Indigenous communities, signaling a significant step forward in conservation efforts under the Biden administration.

Discover how President Biden's expansion of national monuments in California is shaping the future of conservation and equitable access to nature.

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