The Protecting America’s Wilderness Act would designate more than 1.3 million acres as wilderness at dozens of locations in Washington, Colorado and California, making it one of the most significant land protection efforts in a decade. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2546 by a vote of 231-183, sending the bill to the Senate.
We’ve recently learned that the wilderness bill has been attached to the National Defense Authorization Act as an amendment. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the NDAA Tuesday night, July 21.
Please call your U.S. senators today and urge them to support the ‘Protecting America’s Wilderness Act,’ HR 2546. You can find your senators’ contact information here.
Wilderness designations for these proposed wilderness areas will provide numerous benefits. One of the bill’s sponsors, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Colo., believes H.R. 2546 is an important step toward meeting science-driven goals to preserve diversity and avoid catastrophic climate change by protecting 30 percent of Earth’s ecosystems by 2030.
As DeGette said, “Preserving more of our public land is one of the best short-term solutions we as a nation can take to respond to the climate crisis.”