Preserving the Wilderness


In late March, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure that further protects some of America’s great wilderness areas.

The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act had bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. It creates the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS)—under the Bureau of Land Management—which will oversee more than 850 sites comprising more than 26 million acres.

The NLCS includes such places as the Mohave Desert in California, Mount Hood in Oregon, the Canyons of Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado and the Agua Fria National Monument in Arizona. The system protects fish and wildlife habitats, provides access to hunting and fishing, and offers other recreation opportunities for visitors.

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