The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act Passes

Posted on March 27, 2009


Picture 1.pngCongress and the Senate have approved the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, which protects 2 million acres of wilderness in nine states and a thousand miles of rivers. This increases the wild and scenic river system by 50 percent. It creates new national parks, trails, and a monument system. It also provides legal status for the National Landscape Conservation system to protect some of the most spectacular landscapes in the U.S.

“The National Landscape Conservation System contains areas of archaeological and cultural significance including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado, and Agua Fria National Monument in Arizona as well as vast wild areas such as Nevada’s Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area and California’s King Range National Conservation Area.”

The measure was in part motivated by the water supply issues that have been increasing in the West, and will protect 700,000 acres in California alone.

The bill awaits President Obama’s signature.

For the whole story, read “Congress Votes ‘Yes’ to Sweeping Public Lands Protection Act.