California Wilderness Coalition Applauds U.S. House Passage of California Wild Places and Scenic Rivers Protection Bill

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Bi-partisan bill passed today in U.S. House goes to Obama for signature. 111th Congress takes historic action to protect wild lands and rivers.

North Fork San Jacinto River - Doug Steakley photo

We applaud this historic step and the leadership of California's Congressional delegation in the passage of this bill

The U.S House yesterday passed legislation protecting some 700,000 acres of wild California and more 100 miles of wild and scenic rivers.

"We applaud this historic step and the leadership of California's Congressional delegation in the passage of this bill," said Barbara Hill, executive director of the California Wilderness Coalition. "Yet again we see that that protecting our wild lands transcends party lines and narrow interests. Congratulations to the many individuals, small business owners, rural lawmakers, hunters, anglers and environmental advocates who share in this victory."

Key provisions for California include:

  • The Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act. This bill will preserve more than 470,000 acres of wilderness and four wild and scenic rivers totaling 73 miles near Santa Clarita and in the magnificent Eastern Sierra, including the White Mountains.
  • The California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act This bill will protect approximately 190,000 acres of pristine and ecologically sensitive land in Riverside County as wilderness, including parts of Joshua Tree National Park, and four wild and scenic rivers totaling 31 miles.
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness Act of 2008 This bill will preserve close to 70,000 acres of wilderness, including the new John Krebs Wilderness, named for the former Congressman and conservationist who worked to protect these lands in the Mineral King Valley.

About the California Wilderness Coalition
With more than 5000 individual members, businesses, and organizations, CWC is the only statewide organization dedicated to protecting California's wild heritage. More information can be found at

Barbara Hill, 510-451-1450 office, or 415-302-6763 mobile
Ryan Henson, 530-902-1648 mobile

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