Congress Goes Wild

A bill to be signed by President Obama will set aside two million acres of pristine wilderness for future generations--that equals the total amount of land protected during the Bush administration. The legislation will also fund various environmental (broadly defined) projects, including: designating Bill Clinton's home in Hope, AR as a national historical site; a commission to plan for the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine, FL; and a study to determine if a Japanese internment camp should be a national park. More significantly, the bill will fund the restoration of an important salmon run in California that was decimated by the construction of a dam in the 1940s.