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Issue Position: Protecting Wilderness Lands and Wildlife Refuges

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Believing that wilderness lands, including the Southern California foothills, are treasures that we must continually work to preserve for our children and our children's children to enjoy,Schiff has supported many efforts to preserve wilderness lands across the country. In the 110th Congress, he introduced the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act, legislation that commissioned a study on the feasibility of expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the mountains and canyons in the Rim of the Valley Corridor. The Corridor 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 Bernardino National Forests--in essence many of the hills and mountains surrounding Burbank, Glendale, and other communities in our area.

Schiff testified before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands in support of the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act, and the bill became law in 2008. The National Park Service has now commenced the study, and Schiff is working to ensure its success. For more information on the study, click here.

Schiff is also a cosponsor of the Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act, which would permanently protect the Artic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling and development. He believes that we can increase our energy security without drilling in environmentally sensitive areas.

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