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Wilderness legislation is important

Posted: January 11, 2009 9:15 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

I have been concerned over the years about the three federally listed endangered species in the Santa Clarita Valley.

These animals have been affected by the mining operations, traffic, loss of habitat and more.

Because of this, I was delighted to hear that wilderness legislation was introduced into the Senate recently.

By placing several local areas into wilderness, especially Magic Mountain, the Arroyo Southwestern Toad, Least Bell's Vireo and Unarmored Three Spine Stickleback have another fighting chance to survive.

Magic Mountain is part of our watershed, and as such, provides habitat (both on and beneath the mountain).

The Santa Clara River, which runs at the base of the mountain on the north side, is the primary habitat for the Arroyo Southwestern Toad and the Unarmored Three Spine Stickleback.

I have also seen the Least Bell's Vireo in flight in the area.

The Southwestern Pond Turtle, also in danger, lives in this same area.

Protecting the area in which these species live puts them just one little step closer to survival.

Thank you to Congressman Buck McKeon for taking the time to preserve our wild places and to protect our little creatures from extinction.

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