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Omnibus Wilderness Bill Signed into Law
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by Chris Yoder | 2009

By Chris Yoder—On March 30, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act. The most important public lands bill in decades, it cleared its final hurdle in March, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed it. Both Maryland Senators supported the bill, as did all but one of our Congress members in the House of Representatives. Roscoe Bartlett was the only Maryland member of Congress who voted not to safeguard millions of acres of new wilderness, protect hundreds of miles of rivers, expand trails, and shelter over a million acres of key rangeland hunting and fishing grounds from oil and gas drilling.

 

Omnibus Wilderness Bill Signed into Law

 

 By Chris Yoder—On March 30, 2009, President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act. The most important public lands bill in decades, it cleared its final hurdle in March, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed it. Both Maryland Senators supported the bill, as did all but one of our Congressmembers in the House of Representatives. Roscoe Bartlett was the only Maryland member of Congress who voted not to safeguard millions of acres of new wilderness, protect hundreds of miles of rivers, expand trails, and shelter over a million acres of key rangeland hunting and fishing grounds from oil and gas drilling.

The new Omnibus Wilderness Bill protects more than two million acres of wilderness in nine states, including the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Oregon’s Mt. Hood, and Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Parks. In our neck of the woods, it protects the Wild Monongahela Wilderness in West Virginia and the Virginia Ridge and Valley Wilderness.

Further, the Omnibus Bill adds permanence to the 26-million-acre National Landscape Conservation System, protects hundreds of miles of free-flowing rivers in six states, and designates numerous new National Scenic Trails, Natural Historic Sites, and National Heritage Areas across the United States.

 

 

Chris Yoder serves as Conservation Co-Chair for the Maryland Chapter.

 

 

 

 

 

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