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Congress Designates First New Wilderness Area In 5 Years

By Kate Sheppard

WASHINGTON — Congress has finally broken its lengthy dry spell on granting wilderness protection to designated areas of the country.

On Tuesday, the House approved protections for 32,500 acres of Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, along the coast of Lake Michigan. The measure had passed in the Senate last June, which means it will now go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

Before this week, Congress had not designated a new wilderness area since 2009. The House and Senate have each passed a few protections, but the Michigan lakeshore is the first to be approved in both …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green