Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

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The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (H.R. 146) combines more than 160 bills related to conservation, and it was introduced on January 6, 2009.[1]

According to the Web site of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the bill's provisions include:

  • Permanently codifying the National Landscape Conservation System;
  • Creating two million new acres of wilderness across 9 states;
  • Establishing 3 new national park units; designates 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers;
  • Designating a National Monument and 3 National Conservation Areas;
  • Protecting world-class hunting land in the Wyoming Range;
  • Recognizing new Historic Sites and Heritage Areas.[2]


Bill passage

On March 3, the House passed the bill by a vote of 394-13.

On March 19, the Senate passed the bill as amended by a vote of 77-20.

On March 25, the House passed the bill with the Senate's amendments by a vote of 285 to 140.

On March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law, saying it “protects treasured places from the Appalachians of Virginia and West Virginia to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; from the canyons of Idaho to the sandstone cliffs of Utah; from the Sierra Nevadas in California to the Badlands of Oregon.”[3]

Articles and resources

See also

National Landscape Conservation System Act of 2007


  1. OpenCongress info page on Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009
  2. Rep. Pelosi's info page on Public Land Management
  3. Kate Phillips, "Wilderness Lands Bill Becomes Law,", March 30, 2009

External resources

  1. Department of the Interior info page on National Landscape Conservation System

External articles