Santa Clarita Councilmember Laurene Weste visited Washington, D.C. last Tuesday to provide testimony in support of House Resolution 1708, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act. The testimony was presented at a legislative hearing held by the Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. H.R. 1708 was introduced by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) on March 13, and proposes to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) to include a proposed Rim of the Valley Corridor Unit, which includes portions of Santa Clarita Valley.
“H.R. 1708 is important to our [Santa Clarita] community because it provides a solid pathway for the federal government to more fully participate as a partner with the City of Santa Clarita and other stakeholders in the region to significantly augment our collective open space, park lands, historical sites and trails,” said Councilmember Weste in her testimony.
Councilmember Weste testified that the bill would enable the National Park Service to better protect natural resources and habitats and provide members of the community with improved access to nature for recreational and educational purposes.
“With the availability of state park bond resources and local resources, such as Santa Clarita’s Open Space Preservation District, this bill can lead to leveraging modest federal investments, which will yield high levels of return by creating and enhancing amenities that residents and businesses value in making their decisions to locate in our community and surrounding areas. I urge your support for H.R. 1708,” said Councilmember Weste in her closing words.
A link to a video recording of the hearing can be found online at the Natural Resources Committee website at NaturalResources.house.gov/hearings.