Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area


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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area:

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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Address:401 W Hillcrest Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Phone:805-370-2300
Fax:805-370-1850
Web: www.nps.gov/samo/
Size: 154,109 acres.
Established: Established on November 10, 1978. The national recreation area is a cooperative effort that joins federal, state, and local park agencies with private preserves and landowners to protect the natural and cultural resources of this transverse mountain range and seashore.
Location:West of Griffith Park in Los Angeles County and to the east of the Oxnard Plain in Ventura County. US 101 (Ventura Freeway) borders the mountains on the north, and CA 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) and the Pacific Ocean form the southern boundary.
Facilities:Campground (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), bicycle trail, visitor center (é), Native American Indian culture center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Limited federal facilities.
Activities:Camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, guided tour.
Special Features:This recreation area near Los Angeles offers rugged mountains, a coastline with sandy beaches and rocky shores, canyons covered with chaparral, and abundant wildlife. It includes more than 580 miles of public trails and encompasses four California state parks.

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Its been a tough and tragic fire season for our state, but were happy that by hosting this training event for military vets, the National Park Service is part of an important effort to augment our highly skilled team of first responders, said David Szymanski, Superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
A lot of people don't even realize there's a national park here," said Seth Riley, supervising wildlife ecologist for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
The California Phenology Project (CPP) at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SAMO) is a citizen science based project operating in partnership with UC Santa Barbara, the USA-National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) as well as with six additional National Parks within California.
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was founded in 1978, with the hope that local, state, and federal governments would work together to create the nation's biggest urban park.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is a study in contrasts: Chaparral-covered peaks and two of the biggest salt marshes on the Pacific Coast sit right next to some of the nation's busiest highways.
RON SUNDERGILL, director of NPCA's Pacific regional office, quoted in the Santa Monica Daily Press in March, regarding a program that has successfully introduced thousands of minority students to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in southern California.
The fear is that the species in the Santa Monica Mountains will become isolated, and that promotes inbreeding, disease and a decline in the gene pool," said Woody Smeck, superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area.
RON SUNDERGILL, director of NPCA's Pacific regional office, quoted in the Santa Monica Daily Press about 25,000 acres of private land in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area that remain in private hands due to funding shortfalls affecting dozens of parks (see www.
A bill to study adding greater portions of the San Fernando Valley to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area passed through Congress on Wednesday and is headed to the White House, where President Bush is expected to sign it.
Rapid development jeopardizes the future of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, threatening up to 1,000 species of plant life and hundreds of animals, according to a report to be released today.
Currently the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area consists of parts of the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Susana Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, Verdugo Mountains, San Rafael Hills, and adjacent connector areas to the Los Padres and San Bernardino national forests.

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