President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A coalition of philanthropic groups will commit $500,000 to help restore recreation and habitat areas in and around the San Gabriel Mountains national monument being established Friday by President Barack Obama.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Wyss Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund, California Community Foundation and The California Endowment announced the creation of the San Gabriel Partnership Fund.

The fund, which will be managed by the Resources Legacy Fund, is designed to support projects to upgrade recreation areas in the 346,000-acre monument, improve access to the mountains, clean rivers and restore natural habitats.

“The president’s designation of this monument and the creation of this supportive philanthropic fund are important for the protection and enhancement they provide to resources that are vital to the communities of Southern California,” said Michael Mantell, president of Resources Legacy Fund. “New philanthropic and public funding will also have a vital role to play in ensuring that Californians can access the health and recreational opportunities these lands provide.”

—City News Service

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