Trump signs major public lands, conservation bill


    Whisky Creek is a cold water tributary to the to the lower Wild Rogue River and is now protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

    President Donald Trump has signed a wide-ranging public lands bill that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks.

    The legislation enacted Tuesday also permanently adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and reauthorizes the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. It's the largest public lands bill Congress has considered in a decade, and it won large bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate.

    The new law also permanently protects the Chetco River from mining and mineral extraction as well as adding 120 miles of Rogue River tributaries and 18 miles of Jenny Creek within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

    The law also establishes the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area that protects about 100,000 acres of federal forestland for wild steelhead habitat and recreation.

    More than 100 land and water conservation bills were combined to designate more than 350 miles of river as wild and scenic. Nearly 700,000 acres of new recreation and conservation areas were also created under the measure.

    The new law also withdraws 370,000 acres in Montana and Washington state from mineral development.

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