LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) — The foothills surrounding Los Angeles will be the subject of a federal study that could lead to increased nature preservation, authorities say.
The study was authorized by federal legislation signed in 2008 and has been allocated $500,000, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
“It’s a long process. … I’m glad we have finally reached the stage of this study getting under way,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, told community activists gathered at a local nature center.
Results of the study could help preserve half a million acres above the city’s San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo valleys, collectively known as the Rim of the Valley, the newspaper said.
The aim of the study is to develop a “conservation strategy” and consider the possibility of including some or all of the land in the federally protected Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the Times said.
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