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House Votes to Protect Pristine Lands in California and New Mexico
Washington, D.C.-Following on the heels of key wilderness victories earlier this year, today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to protect more pristine public lands, including giant Sequoia forest and bald eagle habitat in California, as well as the colorful canyons of New Mexico. Wilderness designation offers the highest level of federal protection available for public lands.
"Today’s vote continues the wilderness renaissance we watched unfold earlier this year when the Wild Sky Wilderness Act was signed into law and the House voted to create the Copper Salmon Wilderness in Oregon and the Wild Monongahela Wilderness in West Virginia," said Sierra Club lands protection representative Myke Bybee.
The Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness Act, HR 3022
"The Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness will protect one of America’s greatest natural wonders, our towering, ancient Sequoia trees," said Sierra Club regional representative Barb Boyle. "The area also serves as a home to a rich variety of wildlife, including the California spotted owl and the Golden Eagle."
The Sabinoso Wilderness Act, HR 2632
"Protecting this stunning area as wilderness will ensure that Americans can continue to enjoy its outstanding hiking, hunting, and wildlife viewing for generations to come," said Sierra Club representative Myke Bybee.
The California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act, HR 3682