A Deeper Look at the Public Lands Bill
Signed into law last week, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act protects 3.6 million acres of public land and permanently reauthorized the Land & Water Conservation Fund.
While we’re doing the happy dance for many of the protections awarded, as one hand gave, the other took away.
We urge you to read the bill--it’s not all good news.
The positive highlights include:
- 1.3 million acres designated as Wilderness and 2.3 million acres of public lands given protections, including four national monuments.
- More than 600 miles of new Wild & Scenic River designations in Oregon, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and California.
On the other hand...
From a recent High Country News article:
“Rather than address the overarching issues facing public-lands management, such as wildfires, greenhouse gas emissions and protecting wildlife corridors for endangered species, the new lands bill is classic pork-barrel politics, where everybody is getting a little something,”
- Chris Klyz, political science and environmental studies professor, Middlebury College