Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has designated six new national natural landmarks in four western states that are home to unique natural treasures including hanging gardens, fossil footprints and rare Palouse prairie.
“One of the major goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative is to develop a conservation ethic for the 21st Century,” Salazar said. “By designating these remarkable sites in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington as national natural landmarks, we help establish and pass down to future generations those awe-inspiring places that make America truly beautiful.”
The Making Public Lands Public Act, introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate in early June, could potentially open hundreds of thousands of acres of federal public land to hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities.The House version, introduced by the leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), Co-Chairs Rep. Jeff Miller and Co-Chair Rep. Mike Ross, and the Senate version introduced by Co-Chair Sen. Jon Tester and Vice-Chair Sen. James Risch would require the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior to utilize 1.5 percent or a minimum of $10 million annually of their Land and Water Conservation Fund budgets for projects that secure recreational public access to existing federal lands through easements, rights-of-way, or fee title acquisitions from willing sellers.
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