More wilderness bills in Congress
Author: teddygirl | Monday March 19, 2007
The following is from Campaign for America's Wilderness, an organization that is focused on achieving lasting protection for threatened wild lands.
The excitement continues to build in the 110th Congress as wilderness bills are introduced and reintroduced weekly.
In early January, on the first day of the 110th Congress, Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID) reintroduced the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (H.R. 222). Among other provisions, the bill would permanently protect almost 320,000 acres of mountain peaks, colorful wildflower meadows, and sparkling lakes and streams across the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains.
At month’s end, Representative Nathan Deal (R-GA) reintroduced the Chattahoochee National Forest Act of 2007 (H.R. 707). The bill would establish the Mountaintown National Scenic Area, covering 13,382 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest, and expand several existing wilderness areas in north Georgia.
In early February, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Hilda Solis (D-CA) introduced the 2.4 million-acre California Wild Heritage Act (S. 493/H.R. 860). This proposal would both designate wilderness and portions of rivers as wild and scenic. In addition to protecting watersheds as clean sources of drinking water in California, the legislation would preserve threatened plant and animal species, and promote wilderness recreation opportunities throughout the state.
The next day, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) reintroduced the Wild Sky Wilderness Act (S. 520/H.R. 886). The legislation calls for the protection of 106,577 acres of rugged wilderness within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in central Cascades Washington. Preserving the low-elevation forest is essential for many plant and animal species as well as for future generations of ours who want to visit protected wilderness areas. This proposal has broad bipartisan and local support and is expected to move through the House quickly.
For more information, visit Campaign for America's Wilderness' website