NPS Adds Section to Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains

Congressman Brad Sherman (DSherman Oaks) proudly announced that the National Park Service has acquired one of the last three remaining parcels of land necessary to complete the 65-mile Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Sherman was instrumental in securing the federal funding used to acquire the five acre “Kee” Property along the popular trail near the Los Angeles/Ventura County Line.

Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail

Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail

“We are close to realizing a 25-year endeavor to complete the 65-mile Backbone Trail, which will stretch from Pacific Palisades to Point Mugu,” said Congressman Sherman. “The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is one of the most visited national parks in the country offering outdoor activities to millions of visitors from across Southern California and the world.” Congressman Sherman has led the effort to acquire the remaining parcels along the Backbone Trail right-of-way. Sherman has secured nearly $20 million in federal funding to acquire and protect critical open space, including King Gillette Ranch and Zuma and Trancas Canyons, as well as complete the Backbone Trail.

Earlier this year, Sherman announced the acquisition of 160 acres of pristine habitat between Peter Strauss Ranch and Malibu Creek State Park in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. In July, Congressman Sherman received the Friend of the National Parks Award from the National Parks Conservation Association for his commitment to preserving America’s national parks and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

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