News

Nov 10, 2011 3:09 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Administration urges new wilderness protections

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Obama administration is calling for new wilderness and conservation area declarations in nine states.

The Secretary of the Interior released a report Thursday that he hopes will result in new legislation from Congress establishing the new land protections.

Most of the areas proposed for new protections are in the West, where the administration previously came under fire for a scuttled proposal to name new land protections as part of a presidential declaration. The administration says the new proposals have "significant local support."

They include Montana's Sleeping Giant, Nevada's Pine Forest Range, New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte and 15 other areas.

Bureau of Land Management director Bob Abbey says there is room for more wilderness even as the BLM pushes for more oil, gas and other energy development.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

»Comments

»Topics in this article

More News

National
Story Photo

2 hours ago

Baby Monitors Recalled

Concerns about overheating and rupturing batteries have forced the recall of a dozen different type of baby monitors. The Consumer Product Safety...

Weather - Forecast
Story Photo

1 hour ago

Warm Till Saturday

Temperatures start to climb again for Friday and Saturday where many locations will be in the 70s. However, by Saturday, the clouds...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4