Vermont Wilderness Act of 1984


The Vermont Wilderness Act of 1984 (Pub.L. 98–322, 98 Stat. 253) was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on June 19, 1984. The Act designated four (4) new wilderness areas in the U.S. state of Vermont, while expanding one (1) existing wilderness area. A total of 41,260 acres (16,700 ha) of new wilderness were created, all in the Green Mountain National Forest.[1] The Act also created a new recreation area in Vermont.

Vermont Wilderness Act of 1984
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Other short titlesVermont Wilderness Act
Long titleA bill to designate certain National Forest System lands in the State of Vermont for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System and to designate a National Recreation Area.
Enacted bythe 98th United States Congress
EffectiveJune 19, 1984
Public law98-322
Statutes at Large98 Stat. 253
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House by Jim Jeffords (RVT) on October 24, 1983
  • Passed the House on November 15, 1983 (passed)
  • Passed the Senate on May 24, 1984 (passed) with amendment
  • House agreed to Senate amendment on June 4, 1984 (agreed)
  • Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on June 19, 1984
New Wilderness Areas
Approximate area
acres ha
Breadloaf Wilderness 21,480 8,690
Big Branch Wilderness 6,720 2,720
Peru Peak Wilderness 6,920 2,800
George D. Aiken Wilderness 5,060 2,050

The Act also added 1,080 acres (440 ha) to the Lye Brook Wilderness, which was created by the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act of 1975.

In addition to the wilderness areas listed above, the Act created the White Rocks National Recreation Area in the Green Mountain National Forest. This new recreation area, which included both the Big Branch Wilderness and Peru Peak Wilderness, consisted of 36,400 acres (14,700 ha).

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  1. ^ "H.R. 4198 — 98th Congress: Vermont Wilderness Act of 1984". GovTrack. 1983. Retrieved 26 December 2019.