Nothing quite says "boring" like a federal land use study for an amorphous "Rim of the Valley." But the upcoming series of public input meetings will be a vital gauge for federal parks officials, who will eventually make a recommendation on whether to fold more than 500,000 acres into the National Park system.
That would mean much of land above the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo valleys — collectively known as the Rim of the Valley — would be protected from most development, much like the Santa Monica National Recreation Area.
It would be a seminal moment in that the designation would be forever, a permanent set-in-stone decision impacting generations ahead of us. It shouldn't be taken lightly, or dismissed as some bureaucratic process. It's not often that a group of communities has a hand in deciding the fate of such a large chunk of land for decades to come.