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  An Historic Piece of Legislation
by Mr. Ed
Sunday, April 05, 2009
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I Wonder How Many Americans,

Even Noticed This Historic News.

 

The Glorious Pictures Above Are:

The Agua Fria National Monument;

The Canyons of The Ancients;

And Pictured Rocks Lakeshore;

Places I Have Visited, Many Times.

 

 

“This is an historic moment for our public lands;

Future generations will look back at this day,

As one of the most important dates,

In American land conservation history.”

 

William Meadows,

The Wilderness Society

 

 

“I don’t think you can understate the importance of this bill,

To those who value public lands, and the resources they protect.

Thanks to the actions of our Congress and our President today,

We’ll be able to enjoy our public lands, for generations to come.”

 

Chris Wood,

Trout Unlimited

 

 

For far too many horrendous years now

Politicians have been raping public land

Destroying many of our national treasures

Decimating our national parks once grand

 

Not caring in the least, what they had wiped out

In their never ending quest for more timber and oil

Not caring at all about future American generations

Who’d have nothing left, after they had their spoils

 

Tearing up, and digging out, our national treasures

Polluting our rivers, and watching, as our fish died

Many an American conservationist and nature lover

Felt hopeless, yet many persevered, and we all tried

 

Just last week, President Obama signed an historic bill

Protecting more than two million acres, as ‘Wilderness’

American conservationists, nature lovers, and sportsmen

Are now grateful that many American treasures will be left

 

And over the course of my numerous travels all across this immense nation

I have stood in awe and admiration, at most of these areas, now to be saved

Today, myself and many other grateful Americans, who treasure them, like I do

Rejoice that some sanity has returned to the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

 

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On March 30th, President Obama signed a massive land protection package into law (The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009), designating more than two million American acres as ‘Protected Wilderness,’ and creating a new national system to conserve our public land held in trust by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

This law represents the most significant American wilderness protection in at least two decades, and it provides the highest level of federal protection to areas such as Oregon's Mount Hood, Virginia's Jefferson National Forest, the magnificent Wyoming Range, and many other wondrous and historic sites in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, and West Virginia.

To my delight, it also protects 12,000 pristine acres of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along the south shore of majestic Lake Superior.

This new law designates two million acres in nine states as ‘wilderness,’ and a thousand miles of rivers as ‘wild’ – which is a 50 percent increase in our ‘wild river’ system. It establishes new national trails, new national parks, a new national monument, and it provides legal status for the new National Landscape Conservation System, which will protect some of our nation’s most spectacular landscapes.

This 26-million acre National Landscape Conservation System has been designated to protect the most environmentally and historically-significant American lands controlled by the BLM. And this new system, which encompasses 850 historic sites, including Canyons of The Ancients National Monument in Colorado, Agua Fria National Monument in Arizona, and Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area in Nevada, requires the agency to finally make ‘conservation’ a priority, when managing these areas.

It also authorizes the first coordinated federal research program to investigate ocean acidification, and it provides additional funding to protect America’s ecologically-valuable coastal areas and estuaries.

At this law’s signing ceremony, President Obama said, "This legislation guarantees that we will not take our forests, rivers, oceans, national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas for granted any longer, but rather, we will set them aside, and guard their sanctity, for everyone to share. That's something all Americans can support."

I truly hope that he’s right, and that all Americans will now begin to wake up, and to start advocating in earnest that we once again begin to protect and cherish, our many magnificent, god-given, natural treasures.

In my opinion, this new law is a start in the right direction in once again redeeming the conservation ethic of sage Americans like Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, and so many others before them.

And thanks to this new law, our children and grandchildren will now hopefully be able to enjoy America’s remaining wilderness areas, and our still remaining natural treasures within them, for many generations to come.

©2009, Mr. Ed
   


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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/6/2009
I hope that this sanity is contagious! ! !

Georg

Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/5/2009
I agree it's one of the best things he's done,and deserves high praise for it. Too much going on the media only covers the viollence, ED, shame on them!...TL
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/5/2009
what a grand thing! thank you for your write-
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 4/5/2009
Yah! This bill is exactly one of the reason I wanted Barrack Obama to be president. I felt the time was way overdue that nature needed to be recognized for what it is and it finally happened. "Oh beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain for purple mountains majesty above the fruited plains" now many generations will hopefully be able to enjoy this.
AM
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 4/5/2009
These places are beautiful and belong to the people, but the unfortunate thing is that the sovereign of the people is always at the disposal of the government by policy and by constitutional law, and cannot be changed by bills and beautiful appeasing packages. When these lands become more expensive to maintain than the government wishes to afford, they will be, once again, on the chopping block. I truly hope that these lands will be protected, but laws and actons of the past leave me more than a bit skeptical.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/5/2009
Thanks for sharing....would LOVE to visit all these places one day!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/5/2009
Music to my ears Ed,,,and it is about time! As what would this world be without nature? Great write.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/5/2009
I have to say firstly, that people can't be making rash judgements on behalf of Mr Obama as he is still our PRESIDENT & whether you like him or not he deserves all OUR support...

Secondly, and hopefully, he continues his trend in changing things like this for the betterment of our country...

Thirdly, most of US would never know about these changes without your stalwart & stoutheartedness keeping up with how well or badly they transpire...Ed
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/5/2009
Read about the bill being proposed and just knew our President would willingly sign it. I pray ALL Americans realize the importance of this new law, and appreciate what it means for us now and our future. Protecting these lands also protects our beautiful forests, waterways, fish, fowl, and land creatures.
THANK YOU, Ed, for bringing this achievement to the forefront!
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/5/2009
These wildlands are temples that should be protected for future generations. Something happens to people when they are disconnected from nature. The spirit dies and history and identity are lost. Bravo Mr. President! Bless you, Eddie...
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/5/2009
It is Amerika he is protecting, I hope no other president with the twist of a pen will ever be able to undo it ever, now how about protecting what is left of our first nations, we could sure learn much from their wisdom today, and coming to think of it, wasn't it them that held it all these years in protective custody for as to enjoy now? Thanks for this wonderful news on a Sunday morning, this has been like going to church, for I said a prayer of thank you.
Blessings my friend! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Dale Clark 4/5/2009
It's an outstanding achievement and it's the main
reason I'm a member of Trout Unlimited and The Wilderness Society
It does pay to participate and to sign petitions.
Great message Ed.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/5/2009
Round of applause for this bill, it is nice after all the negative feedback we are hearing up here in the great white north about the new Pres that he is doing some things right.

Fee
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/5/2009
Good to see he did something right, as Karen said. Well penned, Ed, that's good news to read.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/5/2009
Even though I'm not crazy about Obama, it's nice to know he did something right! Good for him! God bless him! Happy news!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

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