Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) is proud to support Sen. Feinstein’s bid to designate Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains for national monument status. The superlatives that can be used to describe the geology, flora, fauna, and intrinsic treasures of these areas are endless.
As the leading advocates for Latino health in California, LCHC recognizes the intrinsic value of protecting these resources for both current and future populations. Currently, over one-quarter of California’s 40 million inhabitants are located within a 90-minute drive of some of the proposed monument areas. Considering that many Latinos living in Southern California come from areas considered park-poor, the preservation of these desert habitats becomes even more critical.
Accessible parks and recreation areas are strong determinants of health. With obesity and diabetes rates reaching epidemic proportions in California, opportunities for physical activities, such as hiking through protected desert environments will help encourage healthy habits for both parents and children.
LCHC applauds Sen. Feinstein’s efforts and also those of the local supporters to make the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains national monuments.