On Monday, Congressman Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, released a statement in support of the “Rim of the Valley Preservation” plan to add approximately 200,000 acres of land to the Santa Mountains National Recreation Area. Monica.
This week, a statement was made by Congressman Garcia in support of the “Valley’s Edge Preservation” plan to add acres of land to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
“The Valley’s Edge Preservation Plan is a proposal our Santa Clarita community leaders have been championing for several years now, and it’s a proposal I’ve proudly supported in Congress as it moves through the legislative process.” , said Garcia. “The Valley Edge Preservation Plan would add nearly 200,000 acres of land to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, including open space and natural habitats in the Santa Clarita Valley.”
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With Garcia’s support, the United States House of Representatives passed the “America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Protection Act” with a vote of 231 to 183.
That law includes the Valley Edge Preservation Bill, according to Garcia’s office.
“(The bill) allows for the migration and breeding of varied species, as well as the preservation of adjacent trails, trailheads and parks,” Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste said in a previous post. from KHTS. “Our valley will have natural land, allowing us to get out and stay healthy, and helping the next generation with cleaner air.”
In his statement this week, Garcia described his efforts to urge the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to bring the bill to the Senate for a vote.
“The benefits this legislation would bring to our community would be significant,” Garcia said. “By preserving the trails and open spaces in nature surrounding our beautiful valley, we are ensuring a future of clean air and unlimited recreational opportunities for future generations of Californians.”
Garcia also included some additional benefits in the legislation that he says are important to the Santa Clarita Valley.
“Recent studies have also shown that access to natural recreation areas can act as a kind of therapy for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and others struggling with mental illness,” Garcia said. . “Additionally, this new recreation area would act as a buffer that would prevent large-scale industrial projects like high-speed rail from crossing our natural landscape.
Last year, the congressman spoke out against the state’s high-speed rail project, going so far as to sponsor the Stop the high speed money pit lawto prohibit federal financial assistance for specific high-speed rail development projects in California.
Garcia also released a poll for his constituents asking their opinion on the Valley’s Edge Preservation Plan.
To provide feedback on Preservation Plan legislation, the survey is available here.
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