House Approves Bill to Protect the Rim of the Valley Corridor
Washington, D.C. – Today the House passed legislation that included the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) joined the sponsor of this bill, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), and others in introducing this legislation in March of last year to require the National Park Service (NPS) to expand the boundaries of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the area known as the Rim of the Valley Corridor.
Over the years, Congressman Sherman has secured over $20 million to acquire and preserve critical open space and complete the 65-mile Backbone Trail of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Sherman, a frequent recipient of the National Park Conservation Association’s Friend of the National Parks Award, has long pushed 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 have always advocated for expanding the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor.”
The bill would require the NPS to update the general management plan and administer the expanded areas, and it would authorize the NPS to acquire nonfederal land within the new boundaries. According to the NPS, acquiring all land within the expanded boundary area probably would not occur immediately because land acquisition typically occurs over a long period of time. In addition, the NPS expects that existing plans for updating the park management plan would satisfy the requirements under the bill.
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, many of whom have never visited a national park.