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A New Law Adds Two-Million Acres of Publicly Owned Land to the 'National Wilderness Preservation System'


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PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS JUST SIGNED INTO LAW THE "OMNIBUS PUBLIC LAND MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2009"--WHICH ADDS SOME TWO-MILLION ACRES OF PUBLICLY OWNED LAND, ACROSS NINE STATES, TO THE "NATIONAL WILDERNESS PRESERVATION SYSTEM".  AMONG THOSE PRESENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE SIGNING CEREMONY WAS MIKE MATZ--THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S WILDERNESS...

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THE SUPPORT FOR THIS LAW, BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE--AS WELL AS THE SCOPE AND DIVERSITY OF THE LANDS PROTECTED BY THE LAW--ARE A CLEAR INDICATION THAT AMERICANS RECOGNIZE THAT OUR WILD LANDS SERVE MANY PURPOSES--NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS AS A PLACE TO HUNT, FISH, HIKE, CAMP, WATCH BIRDS, AND JUST FIND SOME SOLITUDE.  WE LOSE SIX-THOUSAND ACRES OF OPEN SPACE, EVERY DAY; SO, IT JUST MAKES SENSE TO PROTECT SOME OF OUR WILD LANDS--AS A LEGACY FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN.  IT'S FITTING THAT THE FIRST CONSERVATION BILL TO BE SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA COMES IN THE YEAR WHEN THE NATION CELEBRATES THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 'WILDERNESS ACT'--THE LAW THAT MADE THIS REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT POSSIBLE.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "LEAVE-IT-WILD"-DOT-ORG.



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