I haven't been in a writing mood lately (or now) but I'll interrupt that to salute the Senate for passing a package today which would designate over 2 million additional acres as Wilderness, primarily in the West but also within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There's a wide variety of other items including new additions to National Trails and National Wild and Scenic Rivers. If you'd like to look through the list, you can go here and search for S 22.
As with anything a government of compromise does, it's not all good news such as Section 6401 onward which authorizes a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. And of course the House usually tends to be less enlightened, so Senate passage may ultimately be meaningless. But for the moment, something to celebrate.
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