Absolutely. It set an important precedent that has allowed much more land to be designated wilderness than was initially set aside. Originally, the law protected nine million acres in 54 wilderness areas. Today, after passage this year of the bipartisan Omnibus Public Land Management Act, designated wilderness areas cover 109 million acres in 758 areas in 44 states. Preserving tracts of wild land contributes to cleaner air and water as well as keeping complex ecosystems intact. Finally, the act has consistently garnered bipartisan support; it is a unifying, rather than divisive, piece of policy.
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