This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land, Don’t Blow It
Posted on Mar 25, 2009
More than 2 million acres in nine states will be set aside as protected wilderness as soon as President Obama signs a bill just passed by Congress. Land in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia will be off-limits to development.
AP via Google:
The bill — a collection of nearly 170 separate measures — represents one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in a quarter-century. It confers the government’s highest level of protection on land in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.
The bill also protects land in Alaska under a controversial land swap that allows the state to go forward with a planned airport access road in a remote wildlife refuge near the Bering Sea. Critics call the project a “road to nowhere.”
Flickr / Ken Lund
California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains are among the treasures to be protected by the legislation.