Under GOP Pressure, Obama Abandons Wilderness Plan

Publication: Associated Press

Author: Matthew Daly


06/01/2011 - Under pressure from Congress, the Obama administration is backing away from a plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memo Wednesday that his agency will not designate any of those public lands as "wild lands." Instead Salazar said officials will work with members of Congress to develop recommendations for managing millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West.

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Tim Mahoney, policy director of the Pew Environment Group's Campaign for America's Wilderness, said he hoped Salazar's announcement was just a temporary retreat.

"We don't want this to become a permanent approach" to wilderness protection, Mahoney said, adding that it was up to environmental groups and their supporters in Congress to convince Salazar to restore his earlier order.

Read the article Under GOP Pressure, Obama Abandons Wilderness Plan in its entirety on Forbes' Web site.

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