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More Than 1 Million U.S. Acres Preserved Thanks to the Senate's Milestone Bipartisan Bill

By Sophie Hirsh

This week, the U.S. Senate pushed party lines aside when voting on a massive land conservation bill. The bill, known as the Natural Resources Management Act on the U.S. Congress website, was passed 92-8 on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The bill is going to make a huge difference in environmental protection in the U.S., as it will preserve more than 1 million acres of land, more than 600 miles of river, provide funding for land conservation, and more.

As the New York Times reported, 1.3 million acres of land in California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah will be permanently deemed "wilderness" under the bill, which is the highest level of land protection under the federal government. That land includes areas in California's Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Mojave National Preserve, the Chicago Tribune added. Areas in two other states, Montana and Washington, will also receive some permanent (though less strict) land conservation, the New York Times noted.

Additionally, as the Washington Post reported, the Natural Resources Management Act will conserve more than 600 miles of rivers in seven states, including Oregon's Rogue River and New England's Nashua River.