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Rim of the Valley Corridor
Special Resource Study

Study Process

A special resource study is prepared when the National Park Service is requested by Congress to study an area for possible inclusion in the national park system. In a special resource study, a proposed addition to the national park system receives a favorable recommendation from the National Park Service only if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • it possesses nationally significant natural or cultural resources;
  • it is a suitable addition to the system;
  • it is a feasible addition to the system; and
  • it requires direct NPS management, instead of alternative protection by other public agencies or the private sector.

As required by the authorizing legislation, this study also evaluates whether any part of the study area qualifies as an addition (or boundary adjustment) to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). Areas acceptable for addition to an existing park boundary (in this case SMMNRA) must:

  • protect significant resources and values, or enhance opportunities for public enjoyment related to park purposes;
  • address operational and management issues, such as the need for access or the need for boundaries to correspond to logical delineations such as topographic or other natural features or roads;
  • otherwise protect park resources that are critical to fulfilling park purposes
  • All recommendations for boundary changes must also meet the following two criteria:

  • the added lands will be feasible to administer considering their size, configuration, and ownership; costs; the views of and impacts on local communities and surrounding jurisdictions; and other factors such as the presence of hazardous substances or exotic species.
  • other alternatives for management and resource protection are not adequate.

Click on the following steps to learn more about the process:

1 Public Start-up of Study Process (Scoping)
2 Resource Analysis: Significance and Suitability
3 Feasibility Analysis
4 Develop Alternatives
5 Analyze Environmental Impacts
6 Draft Report
7 Final Report / Transmittal to Congress

Project Schedule:


Table with study timeline

updated 2/16/2016