Momentous Public Lands Bill Passes the House

Published 2/26/2021  |  California Trout

CalTrout is thrilled to announce some exciting news on the forefront for our nation’s public lands. Today, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act (aka: PAW Act). The bill’s sponsors, U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), and Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) came together the day prior to celebrate the important public lands that are protected in this bill. Under the PAW Act, 379 miles of new Wild and Scenic Rivers in Northern California will be designated which protects critical habitat for endangered salmon and steelhead.

The package is strongly supported by the Biden Administration and would help meet state and federal goals to conserve 30% of public lands and waters by 2030.

The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act will strengthen our commitment to sound environmental stewardship and preserve our natural heritage for future generations. Now, CalTrout urges the Senate to build on the momentum and pass the PAW Act into law.

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