Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resource Study
The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-229-May 2008) directed the NPS to conduct a Special Resource Study of the area known as the Rim of the Valley Corridor, generally including the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo Valleys in California. The purpose of this special resource study is to determine whether any portion of the Rim of the Valley Corridor study area (Corridor) is eligible to be designated as a unit of the national park system or added to an existing national park. Special resource studies are completed by the NPS when directed by Congress. Study recommendations may consider the entire study area or only portions of it.
This particular study will explore a number of issues including: protection of wildlife habitat and linkages between open space areas; completion of the Rim of the Valley Trail system; preserving recreational opportunities and facilitating access to recreation for a variety of users; protection of rare, threatened or endangered species and rare or unusual plant communities and habitats; and the needs of communities within and around the Corridor. Ultimately, the study will include a range of options or alternatives that explore ways that a wide range of federal, state, local and private entities can protect and interpret important cultural and natural resources and provide more access to outdoor recreational opportunities.
The study team would like to thank everyone who submitted comments and participated in our public forums regarding the Preliminary Findings and Alternative Concepts presented in Newsletter #3. We received many thoughtful comments on the draft alternative concepts presented in the newsletter. A summary of comments received will be posted on the study website in Spring 2013, at which time we will send out an email to let you know it is available for viewing.
The next steps in the process include analyzing the comments, refining the alternatives, and preparing the draft study report. The draft study report will include more analysis of the area's resources, further discussion of the alternatives, and an environmental analysis of the potential effects associated with the alternatives. We hope to complete the draft study report in early 2014, at which time we will distribute it for another round of public review. The public comments received on the draft study report will be considered in the preparation of the final study report which will be transmitted to Congress with the NPS Director's recommendation for the most efficient and effective alternative.
Thank you again for your interest in the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resource Study!
— the Study Team
National Park Service
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Los Angeles, CA 90065