Oct 10, 2014 4:17 PM by News Staff
SAN DIMAS, California (AP) - President Barack Obama is sparing from future development nearly 350,000 acres of land within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.
Obama exercised his authority under the federal Antiquities Act to turn the area into a national monument. He made the announcement Friday at a park within the mountains in San Dimas, California.
Supporters say the move will provide recreational opportunities for millions of people, particularly minorities and children, who live in Los Angeles County. The White House says the county is one of the most disadvantaged areas in terms of access to open space.
But local officials worry about potential use restrictions. Some California lawmakers also faulted Obama for acting without congressional input.
Since taking office, Obama has preserved more than 3 million acres of public lands.
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