The House gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill designating more than 2 million acres of wilderness across nine states, from California to Virginia. The bill also would set aside former President Bill Clinton's childhood home in Hope, Ark., as a national historic site, and allow construction of an airport access road in a wildlife refuge in Alaska.
The bill now goes to the president for his signature.
Among the provisions, by state:
_ Authorize a land swap to give the state of Alaska a seven-mile easement through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The easement allows the state to complete a 25-mile gravel road from King Cove to Cold Bay, where there is an all-weather airport. In exchange, the state and other landowners would transfer more than 61,000 acres to the federal government, including about 43,000 acres to be designated as wilderness.
_Preserve nearly 450,000 acres of wilderness and 73 miles of wild and scenic rivers near Santa Clarita and along the California Nevada border, including the White Mountains.
_Protect some 190,000 acres in Riverside County as wilderness, including parts of Joshua Tree National Park.
_Protect about 70,000 acres of wilderness, including the new John Krebs Wilderness, named for the former congressman and conservationist who fought to protect these lands in the Mineral King Valley.
_Protect nearly 250,000 acres of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park.
_Protect 66,000 acres of red rock sandstone canyons, cliffs, streams and waterfalls in western Colorado.
_Protect as wilderness 517,000 acres in Idaho's Owyhee Canyonlands.
_Protect 11,739 acres of wilderness at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
_Protect more than 15,000 acres in San Miguel County as wilderness.
_Protect 13,700 acres of old-growth forest in Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest.
_Protect more than 128,000 acres of national forest on Mount Hood.
_Protect 23,000 acres in southwestern Oregon's Soda Mountain region.
_Protect nearly 31,000 acres of wilderness in the Badlands just east of Bend.
_Protect 8,600 acres of wilderness overlooking the John Day Wild and Scenic River.
_Protect more than 250,000 acres of wilderness in and near Zion National Park.
_Protect 43,000 acres of the Jefferson National Forest as wilderness, and 12,000 as a national scenic area.
_Protect 37,000 acres in the Monongahela National Forest.
(This version CORRECTS in paragraph 7 to 450,000)
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