Why a chunk of the San Gabriel Mountains was left out of the national monument

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As part of President Obama’s visit to Los Angeles he designated a portion of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest a national monument. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

Many people who were initially excited by President Obama’s decision to create a new national monument in the San Gabriel Mountains ended up being disappointed by how much of the range was left out of the designation.

“I felt like an orphan at a birthday party,” said Tim Brick, managing director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation. “I thought we were all going to be part of this thing together, and then all of a sudden I see that they carved a massive hole into the Angeles National Forest.”

Brick, like many, wondered why such a significant portion at the southwestern end of the range was excluded. He said initial proposals all included the Arroyo Seco, Tujunga Canyon and other popular areas that ended up being excluded.

“All of the maps that I had seen up to that point all included the Arroyo, and I asked consistently about it and was told that it was in it. So that was really the first that I had heard that we were not in it,” Brick said.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service said on Friday that the areas were excluded, because they contain a higher concentration of special use areas – man-made developments that require active management. Special uses include infrastructure designed to provide power and water as well as recreational activities such as skiing and shooting.

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