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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

House passes nearly $4 million for SM Mountains park expansion...

2011 US Budget will save around 286 acres in key L.A. Mountains park

Sherman Announces Approval of Additional Funds for Santa Monica Mountains

7/23/2010--WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman announced that $3,750,000 in federal appropriations funding to acquire land for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was approved by a key House Appropriations subcommittee. The funding will help the National Park Service acquire approximately 286 acres to protect core habitat in Zuma and Trancas Canyons – one of the highest priority land acquisitions for the National Park Service.

The funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Interior and Environment appropriations bill, which was recently agreed upon by the House Committee on Appropriation’s Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. Sherman testified in front of the subcommittee in support of this funding. The legislation must be approved by the House Committee on Appropriations, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate before it can be signed into law by President Obama.

Congressman Sherman has been dedicated to expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area since he was elected to Congress in 1997. He has won over $20 million for projects to preserve and expand the park. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the nation’s largest urban national park, and it is estimated that the park receives over 33 million visits each year.

“The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area would be a great park anywhere in the country. But, considering it's on the fringe of a metropolis with five million people, it is even more of a treasure,” said Congressman Sherman, during a recent visit to the park. “Acquiring additional lands in Zuma and Trancas Canyons will help us to protect critical open space for habitat protection, scenic views, and recreational trail connections for the public.”

Congressman Howard Berman also requested the funding.

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