|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||January 15, 2009|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller, Helsel National Parks Conservation Association, 202.454.3332|
National Parks Conservation Association Praises Senate Passage of Public Lands Bill
Washington, D.C. – The nation’s leading voice for the national parks, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today praised the U.S. Senate for passing S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which included a number of bills important for the protection and interpretation of America’s National Park System.
"Thanks to Senators Reid, Bingaman, and other national park champions in the U.S. Senate, the wild places and inspiring stories of national parks across the country will be preserved for our children and grandchildren," said NPCA Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Craig Obey.
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 contains bills that:
==Expand Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts to include the historically-significant farm of Colonel James Barrett, commander of the Middlesex Militia.
==Study the possible addition of the Green McAdoo School in Clinton, Tenn., to the park system. In 1956, 12 students from Green McAdoo became the first African Americans to integrate a state-operated school.
==Protect the Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama from adjacent development.
==Establish a commemorative trail in upstate New York that connects local and state sites to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.
==Protect historic Fort Davis National Historic Site in Texas from adjacent development.
==Offer wilderness protection to remarkable landscapes within Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California, and Zion National Park in Utah.
==Authorize the creation of the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail in Washington, the first national geologic trail in the National Park System.
"Now the House has the opportunity to bring these bills over the finish line and preserve the important places that reflect our national heritage," continued Obey.
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