After many national monument and public lands let downs during the Trump presidency, this bill was recently a welcome victory for conservationists, sportsmen, and outdoorsmen.
Trump signs major public lands, conservation bill into law
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a wide-ranging public lands bill that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks.
The new law also adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. It’s the largest public lands bill Congress has considered in a decade, and it won large bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate.
More than 100 land and water conservation bills were combined to designate more than 350 miles of river as wild and scenic, and to create nearly 700,000 acres of new recreation and conservation areas.
The new law also withdraws 370,000 acres in Montana and Washington state from mineral development.
Trump signed the bill in the Oval Office during a private ceremony with acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, the White House said.