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Plan sets aside land around valley's rim

• Bill to study proposal now on president's desk.

Posted: April 30, 2008 1:05 a.m.
Updated: July 1, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
A bill that could lead to expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor is headed to the president's desk after it passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

The Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act would allow for a study to be conducted to determine the potential impact of expanding the nation's largest urban national park to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor.

The corridor consists of the mountains surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, and the Santa Susana Mountains.

This would eventually allow for the completion of the 150-mile long Rim of the Valley Trail, which would link four mountain ranges.

"Anytime we can set aside land for the future generations, it's a good thing," said Santa Clarita Councilwoman Marsha McLean, who has been working to preserve the corridor since the 1980s. She said the City Council voted in July to support the act.

"We've got Placerita Canyon, Whitney Canyon, Elsmere Canyon, Towsley Canyon and the Santa Susana Mountains and if this will help strengthen that wildlife corridor, it will be a very positive thing for us and for our wildlife," she said.

An estimated 33 million people visit the recreation area's parks and beaches annually, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman who has urged the passage of the bill.

"This legislation addresses the needs and interests of both private landowners and communities within the boundaries of the Rim of the Valley Corridor," Sherman, D-San Fernando Valley, said in a statement.

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