U.S. Senate passes bill to protect wilderness in Bath County

01.07.20 · News Leader

WASHINGTON, D.C, — The U.S. Senate passed the Virginia Wilderness Additions Act Tuesday, a bill that would protect wilderness in Bath County, according to a press release.

The bill was introduced by Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to add 5,600 acres to two existing wilderness areas within the George Washington National Forest in Bath County. When land is designated as a wilderness area, it is given the highest level of protection for public land under federal law.

The federal government protects over 109 million acres of public land in the National Wilderness Preservation System, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. These areas are managed with restraint to preserve wilderness for current and future generations.

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