U.S. House passes plan to protect 245,000 acres on the Central Coast

Central California Coast

A plan to save 245,000 acres of wilderness on the Central Coast and create a new 400-mile trail across the coast was advanced by the House of Representatives Wednesday reports The Tribune.

The plan was introduced last year and was passed by a majority of House members as a part of the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act. The act, in Colorado, California, and Washington establishes 1.4 million acres of land as wilderness, giving it the highest level of protection possible.

“We’ve been trying to protect these lands for 11 years,” said Rebecca August with Los Padres National Forest Watch. “These ecosystems are rare.”