US Congress approved land and water conservation bill

On March 25, 2009, the US House of Representatives voted 285-140 to approve the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. The legislation represented a collection of more than 160 bills aimed at preserving federal land as wilderness areas, limiting gas and oil development, establishing the National Landscape Conservation System, and various water protection efforts. Among other initiatives, the measure designated 2 million acres of federal land as protected wilderness areas, significantly adding to the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wilderness Society expressed their approval of the establishment of the National Landscape Conservation System, touting it as the first new land conservation system in a decade.

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