2009: A Big Year For Wyoming And The U.S. Environment

It might have been a terrible year for the U-S economy – but 2009 was a terrific year for the environment, public health and public lands, according to a checklist by the National Wildlife Federation. Adam Kolton with N-W-F helped put the list together, and he says the success stories this year include the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act – which put the Wyoming Range Legacy Act on the books.

The House and Senate clearing a 32-million dollar Interior and Environment appropriations bill also gets kudos because it brings about a five billion dollar budget increase.

Also on the checklist of environmental achievements, N-W-F includes President Obama's recent trip to the international climate conference in Copenhagen, along with the administration's moves to strengthen the Clean Air Act.

The "Cash for Clunkers" program also made the list. Kolton says it benefited both the economy and the environment. Wyomingites received more than two million dollars in vouchers towards purchasing new cars and trucks.

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