Schiff Rim of the Valley Measure Passes House Committee
Bill directs Interior Department to study expansion of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) Rim of the Valley Corridor Study legislation. The measure directs the Secretary of the Interior to study the feasibility of expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the mountains and canyons in Southern California that are part of the Rim of the Valley Corridor, as designated by the State of California. Rep. Schiff's measure was included in the America's Historical and Natural Legacy Study Act (H.R. 3998) which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to conduct special resources studies of the Rim of the Valley and other lands and structures to determine the appropriate means for preservation and use.
"We are an important step closer to a crucial study that will determine the future of this great wilderness in our backyard," said Rep. Schiff. "I hope that the Congress will take this opportunity to have the Department of the Interior study ways in which we can protect some of the most beautiful land in southern California for future generations to enjoy. The Rim of the Valley legislation will help our region develop a long-range plan that will balance preservation, recreation and the needs of those living in and around the area."
The bill would authorize the Interior Department to examine the suitability of more than doubling the size of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by encompassing this corridor, which is an ecologically significant contiguous region that consists of parts of the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Susanna Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, Verdugo Mountains, San Rafael Hills, and adjacent connector areas to the Los Padres and San Bernadino National Forests. This corridor system is an example of the world's most endangered habitat area, the Mediterranean chaparral ecosystem.
Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced similar legislation in the Senate. Rep. Schiff is working closely with Senator Feinstein to move this legislation through Congress.
In the past, a similar version of this bill was approved by the House Resources Committee and passed by the full Senate.
Rep. Schiff was recently appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 110th Congress and is a member of its Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. He also serves on the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. He represents California's 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.