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Conservation System Permanence Bill Included in Senate Omnibus Lands Package
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Senate Energy and Natural Resources, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Landscape Conservation System
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources has completed its work on an omnibus public lands package that totals 93 bills, including S. 1139, a bill that would permanently authorize the National Landscape Conservation System. The National Trust has been actively supporting this bill as part of an effort to address the lack of funding provided to the Conservation System, which was listed on the Trust’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites List. The 26- million-acre system, which contains significant historic and cultural resources, is under threat from vandalism, overuse from off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and inappropriate mining and drilling activities.

The omnibus lands package is expected to be introduced shortly, but scheduling the bill for floor consideration has become problematic given the crowded Senate schedule for July and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (DNV) insistence that the lands package won’t see floor action until September. An additional storm cloud for the omnibus involves an amendment that Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) plans to offer to any moving legislative vehicle (including the omnibus package) that would exempt the Louisiana coastline from some expected proclamations from the Administration under the Antiquities Act of 1906 that would create three additional “ocean monuments” later this year. The Landrieu amendment may draw fire from opponents of off-shore drilling and conservation-minded Senators, as well as trip up the omnibus package if it should become the legislative vehicle for the Antiquities exemption.

The House has passed its version of the Conservation System permanence bill (HR 2016) with amendments. For further information and details, please visit http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/advocacy-center/legislativebriefs/conservation-system.html.


Keywords: Senate Energy and Natural Resources, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Landscape Conservation System

Posted: June 30, 2008
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