Sherman Applauds Study on Rim of the Valley
Washington DC – After several years of study, the National Park Service released a report recommending that 170,000 acres of land be added to the Santa Monica National Recreation Area, which would include the Rim of the Valley.
“I am very pleased to see this recommendation from the Park Service which would protect the Rim of the Valley and more than double the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” said Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA). “I also commend Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for his leadership in moving to expand the Recreation Area.”
“Now that the study is complete, we should heed the recommendations of the Park Service. I intend to work with Congressman Schiff and my colleagues in Congress to craft legislation that would implement this expansion. It is important that urban centers have access to unspoiled natural environments.
“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.”
Congressmen Sherman helped pass legislation sponsored by Congressman Schiff in 2008 that directed the National Park Service to conduct this special resource study of the area known as the Rim of the Valley Corridor, generally including the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo Valleys in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. As the study was drafted Schiff and Sherman made further recommendations to secure the inclusion of the Rim of the Valley, and other areas which better connect urban populations with preserved recreational park land.
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. Over the years, Congressman Sherman has secured over $20 million to acquire and preserve critical open space and complete the 65-mile Backbone Trail. There is a crucial need to preserve sensitive habitat and recreational trails in this treasured national park. Moreover, these lands are immediately accessible to millions of urban residents in Greater Los Angeles, most of whom have never visited a national park.