National Parks get boost from Omnibus Act

Kings Canyon National Park, CA. Couresty NPS.

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 added nearly a half-million acres of new wilderness designations in national park units in California, Utah, Colorado, and Michigan. The Wilderness Society worked tirelessly to make these designations reality. The following summary describes these newly designated wilderness areas. Despite these important gains, much more remains to be done.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – California
This bill designated 85,000 acres of Wilderness within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and protected the Redwood Mountain Grove, which is the largest stand of Giant Sequoia trees in the park.

Rock climber in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo by Jeff Widen.Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park provides world-class hiking and climbing, and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, while also supporting the economies of several gateway communities. This legislation protected nearly 250,000 acres of Wilderness within the park, finally implementing a recommendation by the National Park Service made in the early 1970s.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Michigan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore features sandstone cliffs, lovely beaches, waterfalls, and sand dunes all with the spectacular backdrop of Lake Superior. This legislation designated over 11,000 acres of Wilderness within the national lakeshore, thus ensuring the permanent protection of this regional treasure.

The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah. Photo by Ben Stimler, Flickr.Zion National Park – Utah
One of America’s most scenic national parks, Zion features amazing redrock cliffs, ageless canyons, and colorful rock formations. Utah’s oldest national park, Zion’s multi-colored sandstone formations have been described as sandcastles atop desert canyons. This legislation protected over 124,000 acres of Zion as wilderness.

See a map of America's newest wild lands and Wilderness.

photos:
Kings Canyon National Park, CA. Couresty NPS.
Rock climber in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo by Jeff Widen.
The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah. Photo by Ben Stimler, Flickr.

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