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Kudos for the wilderness act

Posted: January 23, 2009 7:29 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.

I just wanted to whole-heartedly thank our representatives for the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act. Wilderness is so important.

There is something like 5 percent of lands left in the U.S. that are pristine enough to be considered wilderness. This legislation will protect 470,000 acres of it in California.

The acreage is in Inyo, Mono, and Los Angeles County. Imagine that we have some places left in Los Angeles that can be considered wilderness.

With ecology, connectivity and basic survival issues for many species at hand these days, wilderness is even more important.

I appreciate the foresight of our local leaders, and encourage them to protect even more lands in the future.

Los Angeles County doesn’t have too many untrammeled places left, but we should protect what we do have.

I am sure that most Santa Clarita residents don’t know that we are blessed to have 12 Condors soaring over our skies. We also have bears, deer, mountain lions, bob cats and many smaller animals and endangered plants and fish that live right here in our city and the mountains that surround our valley.

Wilderness is important for them to continue to thrive in our area.

So again, thank you for your legislation that will protect the Eastern Sierra, and our local areas which include Magic Mountain, Piru Creek, and Pleasant View Ridge. Your grandchildren and mine will thank you for it.


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