Congress Passes Historic Plan to Protect America’s Public Lands

NWF   |   April 3, 2009

04-03-09featurePronghornRedDesert Congress has passed the Omnibus Public Lands Bill that will designate more than 2 million acres of wilderness in nine states and establish three new national park units, a new national monument, three new national conservation areas, more than 1,000 miles of national wild and scenic rivers, and four national trails.

America’s hunters and anglers pushed hard for this legislation, which will conserve critical public lands and waters and provide resources and recreation opportunities that drive local economies.

Public lands are a fundamental part of America’s outdoor recreation industry, which contributes $730 billion to our economy and supports 1 in 20 American jobs.

Larry Schweiger

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Published: April 3, 2009