August 25, 2016
Press Release


WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the National Park Service’s Centennial.

"As the famous Greek proverb states: ‘Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.’ One hundred years ago, our predecessors had the foresight to create the National Park Service to protect and preserve our nation’s most treasured lands. Like many Californians, I’ve had the good fortune to hike through the most iconic parks, such as Yosemite, and explore local treasures like the Santa Monica Mountains right here in the 33rd District. National Parks and National Recreation Areas offer countless opportunities for recreation and exploration; and they remind us of our shared responsibility to preserve these lands for future generations to enjoy.

“I am grateful to the dedicated public servants at the National Park Service and remain determined to uphold our nation’s commitment to protecting our public lands. This year, my family and I are celebrating the centennial by exploring more of America's natural beauties. I encourage you to find your park as well, and I hope you'll do your part to protect our environment."

Background on Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area:
In addition to caring for our 59 national parks, the National Park Service oversees millions more acres of public lands, including the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Designated as part of the National Park System in 1978, the Santa Monica Mountains span thousands of acres in California's 33rd District. The area is visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and home to numerous animal and plant species, including mountain lions and chaparral. More about the National Recreation Area can be found at