National Parks Service wants a lot more protected land in Los Angeles area
|<b>February 16, 2016</b> - The recommendations of the National Parks Service Rim of the Valley study could lead to a massive expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation|
|The National Park Service on Tuesday recommended adding 170,000 acres of wild lands, parks and historical sites to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area as part of a Rim of the Valley study initiated more than a dozen years ago.|
“Expanding Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area would provide one of the most densely populated areas in the United States better access to open space and recreational opportunities, as well as increase protection of ecological connections for wildlife,” said Martha J. Lee, Acting Regional Director of the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region, in a prepared statement.
The addition would include: parts of the L.A. River and the Arroyo Seco, the Verdugo Mountains and the San Rafael Hills, part of the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, the Simi Hills, the Santa Susana Mountains and the Conejo Mountains to the national recreation area.
The addition would include: Griffith Park, Hansen Dam Recreation Area, Sepulveda Basin, El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument and the Los Angeles State Historic Park.
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