Congress Protects New National Parks And Wilderness Areas For The First Time In 5 Years

Posted by Mike Confino, December 13, 2014

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In the face of growing pressure from President Obama and frustration from local communities for its failure to pass meaningful land conservation legislation in the past five years, Congress sent a package of dozens of land conservation bills to the President’s desk for signature on Friday.

All together, the bills — which were added to a defense spending bill that was approved on Friday — protect more than 1 million acres of national parks, wilderness areas, and wild and scenic rivers. It is the most significant piece of land conservation legislation that Congress has passed since 2009.

via Congress Protects New National Parks And Wilderness Areas For The First Time In 5 Years | ThinkProgress.