The House today passed a public lands act that will designate 2 million acres as protected wilderness. This landed in my inbox from Seth Levy, policy and stewardship manager for the American Hiking Society:

Omnibus Public Lands Act Passes Congress: Hikers Rejoice!

To the 75 million Americans who hike each year, today is a day to celebrate!...

"Not since the National Park System was created in 1916 has a single action of Congress had a greater positive impact on our ability to enjoy, take pride in and benefit from America's incredible trails and natural resources," said Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society president.  "Americans should give thanks that Congress has answered our needs with such leadership. Now, we should prepare to care for the trails that our families will enjoy for generations to come."

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