The House voted 285-140 today to approve the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. The Senate approved the bill last week 77-20 and it now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
The Omnibus Lands Package of 2009, which failed one round through the House and Senate earlier this year. The bill makes the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) a permanent entity. It also designates more than 2 million acres of wilderness in nine states, and establishes three new national park units, a new national monument, three new national conservation areas, more than 1,000 miles of national wild and scenic rivers and four new national trails. It would enlarge the boundaries of more than a dozen existing national park units and establish 10 new national heritage areas. It also authorizes numerous land exchanges and conveyances to help local Western communities, address water resource and supply issues, and includes provisions to improve land management.