New England Wilderness Act of 2006

Summary

The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 (Pub.L. 109–382 (text) (PDF)) was signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 1, 2006. The Act designated three (3) new wilderness areas in the U.S. states of New Hampshire and Vermont, while expanding five (5) existing wilderness areas across these two states. A total of 76,152 acres (30,818 ha) of new wilderness were created, in the White Mountain National Forest (in New Hampshire) and the Green Mountain National Forest (in Vermont).[1] The Act also created a new recreation area in Vermont.

New England Wilderness Act of 2006
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titlesNew England Wilderness Act
Long titleA bill to designate certain land in New England as wilderness for inclusion in the National Preservation system and certain land as a National Recreation Area, and for other purposes.
Enacted bythe 109th United States Congress
EffectiveDecember 1, 2006
Citations
Public law109-382
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate by John E. Sununu (RNH) on September 29, 2006
  • Passed the Senate on September 29, 2006 (passed)
  • Passed the House on November 15, 2006 (passed)
  • Signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 1, 2006
New Wilderness Areas
Total area State
acres ha
Wild River Wilderness 23,700 9,600 NH
Glastenbury Wilderness 22,425 9,075 VT
Joseph Battell Wilderness 12,333 4,991 VT

In addition to the new wilderness areas listed above, the Act expanded the existing wilderness areas list below:

Wilderness Area Expansion
Additional area State Created by
acres ha
Sandwich Range Wilderness 10,800 4,400 NH New Hampshire Wilderness Act of 1984
Breadloaf Wilderness 3,757 1,520 VT Vermont Wilderness Act of 1984
Lye Brook Wilderness 2,338 946 VT Eastern Wilderness Areas Act of 1975
Peru Peak Wilderness 752 304 VT Vermont Wilderness Act of 1984
Big Branch Wilderness 47 19 VT Vermont Wilderness Act of 1984

In addition to the wilderness areas listed above, the Act created the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in the Green Mountain National Forest. This new recreation area consisted of 15,857 acres (6,417 ha).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "S. 4001 — 109th Congress: New England Wilderness Act of 2006". GovTrack. 2006. Retrieved 26 December 2019.