Senate votes to increase protections for land in Oregon

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Senate votes to increase protections for land in Oregon

Post by Grannyhiker » January 11th, 2009, 5:58 pm

This is the Mt. Hood Wilderness bill plus a whole bunch of other wilderness bills all packaged together. It appears that this was a procedural bill to cut off the filibuster that has been going on forever against the bill. This means the Senate will finally pass it.
WASHINGTON -- Crashing through a barrier that has blocked a popular lands bill for more than a year, the Senate on Sunday voted overwhelming in favor of legislation that would permanently protect more than 200,000 acres of threatened land near Mount Hood and other Oregon locations.

The 66-12 vote on a rare weekend session cleared the way for final passage later this week of a sprawling public lands bill that extends formal wilderness status and protection to more than 2 million acres of federal land in Oregon and eight other states.

The legislation, which combined 164 separate bills that had earned unanimous or near-unanimous approval by the Senate Energy Committee is the largest expansion of wilderness protection in 25 years. It has bipartisan support and would include California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, Oregon's Mount Hood, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and parts of the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia.
Note, though, that because we are in a new Congressional session, the bill has to be passed by the House of Representatives again.

More here: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/inde ... prote.html

Splintercat, if all goes well, we'll have to use crosscut saws to clear deadfall on the Old Vista Ridge trail next summer. But at least this will kill the planned ORV "park" in that area!
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Re: Senate votes to increase protections for land in Oregon

Post by Grannyhiker » January 15th, 2009, 3:57 pm

Chapter 2! The Senate passed the bill!

http://www.katu.com/news/local/37647754.html
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved a bill setting aside as wilderness more than 2 million acres in Oregon and eight other states.

The 73-21 vote Thursday came after days of partisan wrangling over one of the largest expansions of wilderness protection in 25 years. Land to be protected includes Oregon's Mount Hood, California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and parts of the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia.

The bill also allows construction of what critics call a "road to nowhere" in an Alaska wildlife refuge. Supporters say the road is needed for residents of a remote village who now use a hovercraft to reach an airport and hospital.

The bill now goes to the House.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.--E.Abbey

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