Editorial | US NPs have been mismanaged for decades; partnerships with private sector the answer
Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, recently reintroduced the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, which would more than double the size of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The bill is a bad idea for several reasons, not least the fact that the national park system has a maintenance backlog of over $11 billion. Rather than acquiring more land, the park system should focus on improving the care and maintenance of existing parks.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area currently covers 153,000 acres. Schiff and Feinstein want to expand it to include an additional 191,000 acres, adding the mountains from several valleys, including San Fernando, Simi, Santa Clarita, La Crescenta and Conejo. Some of these lands are already regulated by local and state agencies but Schiff and Feinstein would like them to be directly managed by the National Park Service.