Congressman Brad Sherman Celebrates 40th Anniversary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Sherman Oaks, CA – Saturday, November 10th marks the 40th anniversary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Over the years, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) has secured over millions to acquire and preserve critical open space and complete the 65-mile Backbone Trail.
Today, Congressman Sherman, a frequent recipient of the National Park Conservation Association’s Friend of the National Parks Award, is pushing for the expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor.
“The Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area has been of tremendous benefit to Valley residents who can enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities in this pristine environment,” said Congressman Sherman. “It’s important that we preserve the natural environment for future generations. That is why I support expanding the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor.”
Sherman continued, “We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to protect the natural, cultural and historical resources of this diverse area, as well as expand recreational and educational opportunities for millions of park users throughout Southern California. There are so many valuable resources within the study area that are suitable additions to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, including the significant wildlife corridor linkage through the Simi Hills, the Chatsworth Reservoir, the Santa Susana Mountains range, and Griffith Park.”
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the nation’s largest urban national park providing a variety of outdoor activities for over 33 million annual visitors.
Congressman Sherman has long been an advocate for preserving sensitive habitats and recreational trails in this treasured national park. Additionally, these lands are immediately accessible to millions of urban residents in Greater Los Angeles, most of whom have never visited a national park.