Conservation

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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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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