California wilderness bills advance in Congress
(AP) - Legislation that would designate more than 732,000
acres in California as federally protected wilderness has
advanced through a key U.S. Senate committee.
Together the three bills that passed the Energy Committee
would amount to the largest addition of wilderness in
California in more than a decade.
The bipartisan bills would protect 465,000 acres of wilderness
in the Eastern Sierra and northern San Gabriel Mountains;
190,000 acres in Riverside County; and 77,000 acres in the
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
The bills still must pass the full Senate and the House before
they could be signed into law. Prospects are uncertain as
Congress will be in session for just a few more weeks before
breaking for the elections.