“Remarks by the President at Designation of the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument”
Views of the San Gabriel Mountains from 2013 and 2014
“And 150 years ago, President Lincoln signed a law that forever changed the way we conserve our natural heritage. It might have seemed like an odd thing to do at the time. Civil war raged between North and South; the fate of our union hung in the balance. Lincoln himself had never even been to California. For a good part of his life, his home state of Illinois was considered the West.
But descriptions and drawings, and even some early photographs of the Yosemite Valley, had made their way back East — the cathedral peaks, the waterfalls, the giant sequoias. So too had stories about encroaching development that threatened the area. So President Lincoln decided to help protect a place he had never visited — for a nation he might not be able to save and for a future he would never live to see. And that place is at the heart of what now is Yosemite National Park.
So it’s fitting that we meet here in California, because this was the state that inspired Lincoln’s actions, and made possible all that followed, including this moment. Today, I’m using my executive authority to designate the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument. (Applause.)”
These remarks are from the White House, Office of the Press Secretary, October 10, 2014.
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Designation of the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument