Feb 12, 2019

Senate passes largest public lands package in a decade

Woman walks in Yosemite.

Woman walks along Upper Yosemite Fall trail. Photo: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Senate just passed a public lands package that will restore a conservation program funneling offshore drilling revenue to land conservation, according to The Washington Post.

By the numbers: The package will add approximately 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, 350 miles of wild and scenic rivers and 2,600 miles of federal trails. The bill will keep 370,000 acres in Montana and Washington from mineral development efforts and will create four new national monuments. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the package will save taxpayers $9 million.

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