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WASHINGTON – The Senate advanced legislation that would set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness.  The measure will confer the government’s highest level of protection on land ranging from California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range to Oregon’s Mount Hood, Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado and parts of the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia.  Land in Idaho’s Owyhee canyons, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan and Zion National Park in Utah will also be designated as wilderness.  The bill will also expand protections for dozens of national parks, rivers and water resources.

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