U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passage of the Public Lands Bill:
“Growing up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, I learned to appreciate our national parks and public places at an early age. This bill will protect and preserve our greatest national treasure – the American Outdoors. Tennesseans will be especially pleased that two sites in our state – Fort Southwest Point in Kingston and the Meriwether Lewis National Monument in Hohenwald – will now be considered for inclusion on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, further linking our state to the story of these early American explorers.
The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, or the Public Lands Bill (S. 2739), is a collection of over 60 bills dealing with various public land, national park, water and territorial issues in over 30 states and the District of Columbia. The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 91 to 4.