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President signs off on Rim of the Valley study

Posted: May 9, 2008 2:10 a.m.
Updated: July 10, 2008 5:02 a.m.

The president has signed off on a bill that could lead to expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor - quadrupling the size of the recreation area.

President George W. Bush signed into law Thursday the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act, which will 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 and San Fernando valleys and the Santa Susana Mountains.

The measure by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of Pasadena was included in a wide-ranging public lands bill that President Bush signed on Thursday. This would eventually allow for the completion of the 150-mile long Rim of the Valley Trail, which would link four mountain ranges.

The study will look at adding 490,000 acres of land along the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys to the 153,000-acre Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.


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