02.16.21

NEXT WEEK: The House of Representatives Will Vote on Package of Bills to Protect the Grand Canyon, Recognize Wilderness and Enhance Outdoor Recreation

Washington, D.C. – Next week, the House of Representatives will consider the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, a bill that includes eight previously individual measures that provide lasting protections for key public lands and waters in Arizona, Colorado, California, and Washington.  

The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act designates approximately 1.49 million acres of public land as wilderness and incorporates more than 1,000 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The bill would also withdraw more than 1.2 million acres of public land from new oil and gas and mining claims, ensuring that iconic landscapes like the Grand Canyon and Colorado’s Thompson Divide are permanently protected from the irreversible threats posed by extraction. Advancing this package to the House floor is just one of many actions the Committee is taking to protect the integrity of our public lands and waters, promote outdoor recreation for all Americans, and enhance community resiliency to the impacts of the climate crisis.

Additional information about the specific provisions included in the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act is available below.

 

Bill Text

Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act – Rules Committee Print

Title I: Colorado Wilderness Act of 2021 (Rep. DeGette) – H.R. 803

Title II: Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act (Rep. Huffman) – H.R. 878

Title III: Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Rep. Kilmer) – H.R. 999  

Title IV: Central Coast Heritage Protection Act (Rep. Carbajal) – H.R. 973

Title V: San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and River Protection Act (Rep. Chu) – H.R. 693

Title VI: Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act (Rep. Schiff) – H.R. 1075 

Title VII: Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act (Rep. Neguse) – H.R. 577

Title VIII: Grand Canyon Protection Act (Rep. Grijalva) – H.R. 1052  

Fact Sheets

For a fact sheet on Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, click here.

For a one pager on Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act, click here.

For a one pager on Title I, the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2021, click here.

For a one pager on Title II, the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, click here.

For a one pager on Title III, the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, click here.

For a one pager on Title IV, the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, click here.

For a one pager on Title V, the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Watershed Protection Act, click here.

For a one pager on Title VI, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, click here.

For a one pager on Title VII, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, click here.

For a one pager on Title VIII, the Grand Canyon Protection Act, click here.

 

Resources from Sponsoring Members

Title I

Title II

Title III

Title IV

  • A Full List of Supporting and Endorsing Organizations Can Be Found Here.
  • Press Release: Carbajal Reintroduces Central Coast Heritage Protection Act

Title V

Title VI

  • Fact Sheet: Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act
  • Interactive Map of Proposed Boundary Expansion
  • Press Release (116th): Schiff, Feinstein, Harris Introduce Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation

Title VII

Title VIII

 

Legislative Maps

To view maps for Title I, the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2021, click here.

To view maps for Title II, the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, click here.

To view maps for Title III, the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Scenic Rivers Act, click here.

To view maps for Title IV, the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, click here.

To view maps for Title V, the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Watershed Protection Act, click here.

To view maps for Title VI, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act, click here.

To view maps for Title VII, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, click here.

To view maps for Title VIII, the Grand Canyon Protection Act, click here.

 

Additional Resources 

To see the Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 803, click here.

 

This resource center will be continuously updated as we receive additional information.