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Kudos for preserving wilderness

Posted: June 13, 2008 2:52 a.m.
Updated: August 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.
As a long time resident of Santa Clarita, I was pleased to see that 13,700 acres of our local Magic Mountain and seven miles of wild and scenic Piru Creek were included in Congressman Buck McKeon's and Senator Barbara Boxer's wonderful bipartisan wilderness bill for the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Mountains ("McKeon bill protects 42,000 acres," May 30, 2008).

Not that I wasn't also excited that this bill will protect more than 430,000 acres of pristine mountain ranges and ancient forests in the Eastern Sierra, as well as the Owens River Headwaters and the Amargosa River. My family and I love to go hiking, fishing and camping up there.

So thank you, Congressman McKeon and Sen. Boxer, for moving this legislation forward. I recognize the tremendous effort required to unite people with diverse interests in order to safeguard some of our last great wild places.

I am excited about this effort and look forward to it becoming law.


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