BASS AND BRADLEY VOW TO CONTINUE PUSH FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE WILDERNESS
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Reps. Charles Bass and Jeb Bradley (R-NH) today vowed to continue pushing for House passage of legislation that would designate over 34,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) as "wilderness." On Friday, the U.S. Senate passed similar legislation, but it was not taken up in the House before the session ended in the early hours of the morning.
The legislation will create a new wilderness area of approximately 23,700 acres in size in the Wild River Valley in the Gorham area and will expand the existing wilderness area in the Sandwich Range by 10,800 acres. Both wilderness areas were proposed in the WMNF plan and require Congressional action in order to be established.
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Bradley stated, "I have hiked the Wild River and Sandwich Range areas of the White Mountains and know that they are truly deserving of this wilderness designation. A wilderness designation adds additional protections to areas that are among the most beautiful and unique in the White Mountains. I remain confident that the House will take up this legislation when we reconvene in November, which will enable us to preserve these areas for future generations to be able to enjoy."
Both Bass and Bradley have been working with the Vermont Congressional Delegation to push for House consideration of the bill. The legislation also contains provisions to expand wilderness areas in the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont.