Far-reaching protections for Yellowstone, other Western lands pass Congress
Two proposed mines in the Yellowstone region will no longer go forward as part of a massive legislative package that expands conservation across the country.
Bozeman, MontanaPresident Donald J. Trump is expected to soon put his signature on a big legislative package that will make into law one of the largest efforts in land conservation in a generation.
The outcome of the legislation, called the Dingell Act to honor the late Democratic Congressman from Michigan, will include a trio of new national monuments, including two sites recognizing civil rights leaders; additions to desert national parks in California; protections to preserve scenic river corridors in Oregon, Massachusetts, and Connecticut; and almost two million acres of new federal wilderness, including 663,000 acres of spectacular redrock geological features called the San Rafael Swell in southern Utah where opposition to public land preservation is strong.
Yet another high-profile win for conservationists