This is encouraging news, especially given that the bill, the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act (H.R. 5205), advanced in the midst of Wilderness Week, a national event sponsored by The Wilderness Society and partner groups to bring Americans to D.C.
For decades, The Wilderness Society's magazine The Living Wilderness gave members and subscribers an inside look at efforts to conserve some of our country's most special wildlands, as well as travelogues, prose, photos, poems and art about the places themselves.
Befitting a pioneer nation, many of our most revered natural landscapes, from the Grand Canyon to Yosemite, are in the west. However, the roots of American conservation lie firmly in the eastern half of the country, as do many pieces of extraordinary designated wilderness.
Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore and Nevada’s Pine Forest Range and Lyon County are under consideration to be protected as wilderness areas, part of a large backlog of public lands conservation bills.
The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Dec. 19, advancing a years-long campaign to protect almost a million acres of incredible backcountry throughout western Montana, including over 600,000 acres of new Wilderness Area.
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) announced on Dec. 3 that he will introduce a bill this month to designate central Colorado’s Browns Canyon as a national monument, with nearly half of that newly-protected land to be set aside as wilderness.