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Kudos to McKeon for support of wilderness

Posted: June 24, 2008 1:56 a.m.
Updated: August 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.
I was pleased to learn that Congressman Buck McKeon has introduced legislation to protect forever as wilderness two wild places in the Angeles National Forest close to my home in Canyon Country.

Wilderness protection is the highest level of protection that any area can receive, and it's something that we can be especially proud of because it's not given lightly and can only happen by act of Congress.

Our local mountains and creeks are part of a delicate natural balance that provides our water, cleans our air, and sustains some of the most unique plants and animals in the world.

For example, Magic Mountain - not the amusement park, but an area near Santa Clarita proposed by Congressman McKeon for wilderness protection - lies within the historic range of the California condor. How amazing to think that this bird, brought back from the brink of extinction by careful human stewardship, frequents our wilderness backyard.

I am a sixth-grade teacher in our valley, and I teach California State Science Standards about different biomes and the complexities of each. My students have sincerely expressed concern for our natural surroundings.

We are responsible to our youth and to the Creator of this beauty for its guardianship. The reward is that we can rejoice in it.

Many of us know the words to America, the Beautiful: "Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain. For purple mountains majesty, above the fruited plain."

Thank you, Senator Boxer and Congressman McKeon, for helping to keep these words meaningful.


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