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Activist, Founder of Santa Monica Mountains Park Dies

Margot Feuer, one of three activists who helped create Santa Monica Mountains park has died at the age of 89.

Margot Feuer, the last survivor of the trio of advocates who were responsible for the establishment of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, died June 16 of a stroke at her Los Angeles home overlooking Stone Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains, her son Mark told the Los Angeles Times. She was 89, said the report.

After Feuer moved to the hills of Malibu in 1965, she was "catapulted into community action" by the threat of development in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains, said The Times. The monumental proposals she faced included building a nuclear power plant in an isolated canyon and a freeway through Malibu Canyon, said the report.

"I looked around at what I was in the middle of, and I figured, gosh, the idea of a park is a beautiful idea," she had said, according to The Times.

Hundreds would join her in the movement to create a national park in Los Angeles, but only Feuer and two other activists would be recognized as "the founding mothers" of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which won federal approval in 1978, said The Times.

"We are indebted to Margot for her lifelong environmental activism and the important role she played in establishing the nation's largest urban national park," Lorenza Fong, acting superintendent of the recreation area, said in a statement to The Times.

Feuer's sisters in activism were Jill Swift, who built grass-roots awareness by organizing hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains, and Susan Nelson, who worked closely with then-Reps. Phillip Burton (D-San Francisco) and Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills), according to The Times.

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Liat Samouhi July 03, 2012 at 01:15 AM
We are forever indebted to Margot for spearheading the triumphant grassroots movement that resuled in making the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality! A deep and warm appreciation to Margot, along with Sue Nelson and Jill Swift, for galvanizing the movement to protect our Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area and open spaces. Thank you for your lifelong environmental activism and, RIP Margot.
John Mazza July 03, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Margot was a true inspiration. Please, don't let all her efforts and the efforts of those who followed her go to waste. Malibu would not be the great place it is without them.Think before you let Malibu get paved over. Once it is gone it is gone forever.
J. Flo July 03, 2012 at 06:37 PM
True heroes - all three!
June Carson August 09, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Margot devoted her life to making things better for us all. I hope that some part of the SM National Recreation area can be named after her so future generations will know who left this magnificent legacy.
J. Flo August 09, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I so agree with you! I called her son after she passed, I never met Margot, and let him know that for so many people now and forever - she is a role model! God bless her and those like her, who so selflessly fight the good, hard and loving effort of preserving nature.

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