The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is considering a bill that would designate nearly 24 million acres of land across 5 states as wilderness area. Over 5 million acres would be affected in Wyoming, alone. The bill’s main sponsor is Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York. Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis sits on the committee and says the proposal is a mistake:
Only 3 of the 75 co-sponsors of the bill represent the states that would be affected. One of the Sublette County commissioners testified before the committee on Tuesday. (audio)
If the bill were ever to become law, it would create the second largest addition of wilderness area ever in the United States. Representative Maloney has supported this bill in one form or another for nearly 16 years.