Future of Site
Home to rare and protected species, magnificent riparian oak woodlands and other biota, Santa Susana's biological value is unmistakable. It sits within a rare and vital wildlife corridor - one running through an otherwise heavily developed Southern California region - that connects the Sierra Madre Ranges of Los Padres National Forest, to the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
According to a South Coast Wildlands 2008 report, this 125,000-acre "Santa Monica-Sierra Madre Connection" is one of the few coastal-to inland linkages remaining in California's South Coast Ecoregion and is crucial to numerous animals and plants; for natural ecological and evolutionary processes, as well as for species' responses to threats like development, fires and climate change.
Additionally, Santa Susana has a tremendously rich cultural history. The area was inhabited by indigenous Native American tribes and is home to one of the finest examples of prehistoric pictographic art in North America and is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places. Visits to the cave are strictly controlled by NASA, the property owner, in order to ensure that the pictographs do not suffer from inadvertent or intentional human destruction or damage.
In an effort to preserve this vital wildlife corridor, Boeing initiated discussions with government agencies, community organizations and conservation groups on a land use plan to preserve its 2,400 acres of land at Santa Susana as open space and voluntarily donate it to serve the public for future generations.