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House approves extensive conservation package

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park. Photo: Doug LemkeGetty Images

House lawmakers passed a public lands conservation measure on Tuesday that will add more than 1 million acres of new wilderness, restore a conservation program funneling offshore drilling revenue to land conservation, and establish new national monuments to honor civil rights activists and Civil War soldiers.

The details: The House voted 363-62 to push the package through, just two weeks after the Senate approved the measure by 92-8. The bill will head to the White House for President Trump’s signature. This is viewed as a notable bipartisan victory for environmentalists at a time when the Trump administration is vigorously rolling back public land protections in favor of coal and big oil.

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