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Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (1971-) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (1971-)

Historical Note:

The Santa Susana Mountain Park Association (SSMPA) was formed as a non-profit group in 1971 to preserve the Santa Susana Mountains and the Simi Valley Hills as open space during the rapid urban development of the Santa Clarita, Santa Clara, Simi, and San Fernando valleys.  SSMPA was also concerned with the protection of plant and animal life, geologic formations and sites of historical significance. The organization has acted as a citizens' lobbying group to obtain state and federal legislation and local governmental support, and to impact public policy favoring the conservation of wilderness areas.

The group sponsors hikes, fairs, fundraisers, educational programs and related activities to keep the public aware of conservation and preservation issues. They have also supported cooperative ventures with other conservation groups, such as the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, Sierra Club, local chambers of commerce, neighborhood homeowners associations, and county-wide governmental agencies.

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