After years of tireless work and countless disappointments conservationists finally have reason to celebrate: the omnibus public lands bill was signed into law yesterday by President Obama. H.R. 146 The Omnibus Public Land Management Act passed its final hurdle in the House of Representatives last Wednesday by a vote of 285-140. The large package of over 160 bills will designate more than 2 million acres as wilderness. Much of this is in California but significant plots are also in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia, New Mexcio, and Michigan. It is easily the most important lands protection legislation in decades. See our press release here.
The Sierra Club's Director of Lands Protection, Athan Manuel, was there to capture the historic moment on camera: