Sherman Applauds Passage of Santa Monica Mountains Boundary Adjustment Bill
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment Act, H.R. 640, will bring an additional 3,700 acres of donated and private land within the boundaries of the SMMNRA. This additional land is known as the Wildlife Corridor Expansion Area, and protection of this area will allow continued migration for wildlife from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Simi Hills.
"This is an important step toward ensuring that this critical wildlife area is permanently protected," Sherman said. "I commend my colleague Elton Gallegly for his work on this bill and hope the Senate will pass this legislation soon."
The SMMNRA attracts over 33 million visitors each year, and the mountains and beaches of this national park are within an hours drive for 1 in 17 Americans - over 16 million people. The park is home to over 450 animal species, more than 50 threatened or endangered plants and animals, among the highest concentration of such rare species in the United States. In addition, more than 1,000 archeological sites, comprising a historical record of over 10,000 years of human habitation in the region, can be found here.
Sherman is also working to obtain $2.5 million to be included in the Fiscal Year 2003 Interior Appropriations Bill for land acquisition for the SMMNRA. If this effort is successful, Sherman would have obtained over $20 million in federal appropriations for the Santa Monica Mountains since coming to Congress in 1997.