The Santa Susana Field Laboratory is Scheduled for Demolition This Year
Burro Flats Painted Cave is listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Located within the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) on a portion of the site owned by the U.S. government, Burro Flats is home to ancient cave art termed "the best preserved Indian pictograph in Southern California." But these magnificant examples of 'rock art' connecting us to an important past are in danger. Simply being listed is not enough to protect the caves from potential destruction and we need your help.
Designating SSFL as a national monument is the only way to ensure protection and conservation for the future. This unique designation can be made by the President of the United States and is consistent with the wishes of the federally recognized Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Tribal Council who have worked to have the site designated as a California Sacred Site.
Santa Susana Field Laboratory is where rocketry and space history began as well as home to some of the most well preserved pictograph cave paintings in North America. National Monument status would also provide additional needed certainty and protections of the sacred sites as well as the birth of modern rocketry and human space travel which began development at Santa Susana.
Currently, the site has been declared excess by NASA and historic structures are scheduled for demolition this year.
Help us #SaveTheTestStands and preserve this important part of human history.
Use the hashtags #cleanupSSFL and #SSFLNationalMonument to spread the message and help protect the future. Regulatory protections are critical to ensure cultural sites and historic test stands are protected for future generations.