Some beautiful areas, especially the Lost Coast, included in this bill.
Senate passes North Coast wilderness bill
Push to protect 273,000 acres gets wide support, sent to Bush.
By David Whitney - Bee Washington BureauPublished 12:00 am PDT Saturday, September 30, 2006
The Senate unanimously approved Friday a 273,000-acre North Coast wilderness bill, ending a five-year campaign that began in controversy and ended Friday on a unanimous voice vote.
The legislation now goes to President Bush for his expected signature.
Called the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Act, the measure would designate Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Napa, Lake, Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte counties as federal wilderness.
Among the major additions is more than 42,000 acres of BLM land in the King Range National Conservation Area, a stretch of coastal lands along Northern California's famed Lost Coast that the BLM said would be the crown jewel of its wilderness holdings.