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Federal officials begin key 'Rim of the Valley' preservation study

June 5, 2010 |  9:09 am

The federal government is beginning a study of the Los Angeles-area foothills that could ultimately lead to more nature preservation.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who began lobbying for the so-called Rim of the Valley study in 2001, announced the beginning of the work on Friday. The study was authorized as part of federal legislation signed by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Two years later, the study was allocated $500,000, which will begin with an extensive public outreach and exploration process this summer.

“It’s a long process...I’m glad we have finally reached the stage of this study getting underway,” Schiff said Friday to a group of stakeholders and community activists gathered at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

The final recommendations could help preserve the more 500,000 acres above the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita Simi and Conejo valleys that are known collectively as the Rim of the Valley.

The study will create a “conservation strategy” and examine the feasibility of including some or all of the land into the federally protected Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Read the full story here.

-- Melanie Hicken reporting for the Glendale News-Press