The park agencies that comprise Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are developing a comprehensive plan for more than 500 miles of trails. Above, a family enjoys a hike at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Park officials are preparing an interagency trail management plan for the approximately 500 miles of trails within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Because the trail network crosses multiple jurisdictions, California State Parks, the National Park Service, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority will develop a joint environmental impact statement (EIS) and environmental impact report (EIR).
As part of the environmental review process, the public is invited to participate in public scoping meetings and to provide comments on the scope of the environmental analysis and the range of potential project alternatives. The goal is to create a comprehensive plan for circulation, access and allowable uses throughout the trail network.
The first public meeting will be on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. at King Gillette Ranch (Dining Hall) in Calabasas. The second meeting will be on Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Temescal Gateway Park (Woodland Hall) in Pacific Palisades.
Comments may be submitted in writing at the public meetings or via one of the following methods by April 1, 2014:
Did You Know?
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978, but the National Park Service did not own public parkland in the area until 1980. National Park Rangers devised clever ways to promote the national park goals without land by creating thriving partnerships with many agencies.