Ah, Wilderness

A multimillion-acre deal

It had been a frustrating standoff. For more than three years, Administration officials and some development-minded Republican Senators from Western states stalled legislation designed to add millions of acres of undeveloped forest land to the nation's 80 million-acre protected wilderness system. Conservationists, aided by sympathetic Democratic House members, stymied plans for the commercial exploitation of millions more acres of federally controlled woodlands. The issue between the battling groups: how to manage the pristine forests not protected by the wilderness preserves. Last week the combatants announced a compromise that clears...

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