This Land Is Our Land
Millions of acres of land protected by this new bill.
Cima Dome, Mojave National Preserve, California, Courtesy of NPS
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 edition of AAA World.
In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. Congress recently passed the largest conservation bill in more than a decade, protecting nearly 2.4 million acres of land and hundreds of miles of wild rivers. Of the lands set aside, the Natural Resources Management Act designated 1.3 million acres as wilderness and established 693,000 acres as recreation and conservation areas.
The new law made significant expansions to six national parks, three each in California and Georgia, and designated five new national monuments. Each of the 50 states gained new protected areas, ranging from small additions to existing parks to newly designated wilderness areas. And, in a move to encourage the next generation to preserve our country’s wild lands, the law authorizes the Every Kid Outdoors Act, which provides every fourth-grader in the U.S. with free access to public lands.