In 2010, the National Park Service launched a Special Resource Study to determine if the Rim of the Valley Corridor (the mountains circling the San Fernando Valley) were worthy of inclusion in the National Park System. The answer, it seems, is yes.
The study recommends connecting the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to the Angeles National Forest with an expanded circle of protected lands around the San Fernando Valley. Griffith Park, the Verdugo Mountains, the Simi Hills, and the Santa Susana Mountains could all be bound by this green ring. This could provide Angelinos with more outdoor recreation opportunities and bolster habitats for mountain lions and other local animals.
Find more information on this potential park expansion visit kcet.org or read the full report from the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resource Study.