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Rim of the Valley project: Public comment EXTENDED until Feb. 13.

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  • Rim of the Valley project: Public comment EXTENDED until Feb. 13.

    Proposed national park could swallow 170,000 properties, 500,000 acres

    Land rights groups are outraged with a federal study aimed at creating a huge national park in Southern California. The proposed national park threatens to shut down small-scale mining among other outdoor and commercial activities.


    “The proposed Rim of the Valley National Park is not just hiking trails along the crest of the mountain ranges around Los Angeles as some would have you believe. It is the federalization of nearly 500,000 acres of the Angeles, San Bernardino and Los Padres National Forests and includes — under threat of eminent domain and aggressive regulation — the private property of approximately 170,000 farms, ranches and homeowners.


    “The Rim of the Valley National Park will convert hundreds of thousands of now accessible National Forest acres into locked up National Park lands with the roads you now enjoy largely closed off. Combined with the adjoining Park Service, Santa Monica National Recreation Area (NRA), it will be two-thirds the size of Yosemite National Park.


    “Congress has little or no understanding of the impact on the economy, energy conservation, private property owners and loss of local control. This bill expands the 153,000-acre Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by 491,000 acres which will be managed for “preservation” by the unelected bureaucrats of the National Park Service from Washington D.C and Joe Edmiston from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.


    “The regions proposed for the expanded NRA are largely already protected by local parks and multiple use management of the U.S Forest Service. This legislation targets private ranches and homeowners — 11,000 in Ventura County and 158,000 in Los Angeles County.”

    While the official public comment period has already expired for Rim of the Valley, it has been extended until Feb. 13 for the San Gabriel study. So far, Congress has only approved the study — not the plans for a park. So, the battle has not been lost. In fact, it may have just begun.

    Continue reading here: http://www.goldprospectors.org/Commu...y-project.aspx

    I don't have the link for the public comments - but I'll try to find it.
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      Originally posted by USMC 0369 View Post
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      No. No it doesn't. I sent in comments on this last year. I guess I will have to do it again.
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          As best that I can tell by the map that Roger posted, it looks like this would take Rincon Shortcut, Asuza Canyon OHV, Littlerock OHV, and the area around Crystal Lake and put them in the Park. Most likely, this would also mean that we would have to pay Park admission to drive Hwy 2 in the mountains.

          For the size of the park, it does not appear that there are a lot of back roads in the area that are not already gated. Is there a site that we can get a better, close-up look at that map?
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            Here's a link to a detailed map. http://www.landrights.org/ca/samo/Ri...Map.DETAIL.htm
            What do the red arrows signify??
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Russ Chung View Post
              Here's a link to a detailed map. http://www.landrights.org/ca/samo/Ri...Map.DETAIL.htm
              What do the red arrows signify??
              Much better map! Thanks. The red arrows are the way the website is using to emphasize how much bigger the new park will be than the SMMNRA is now.

              Based on this map, Rincon Shortcut, Asuza Cyn are NOT inside the park. And most likely the Littlerock OHV is not going to be affected either.

              I still don't like the potential of having to pay to drive the length of Hwy 2 through the mountains. I think that we should go exploring and see how many of the few trails in the area are actually open. It will be easier to make an argument if we know what we are defending.
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