Vermont’s wilderness protection bill is back. Not in the form the state’s congressional delegation wanted, but as part of a compromise that at least will get it before Congress before lawmakers go on break tomorrow.
This 11th hour deal came about when Governor Jim Douglas agreed to the revised plan. Douglas had complained earlier to House Republican leaders that the New England Wilderness Act set aside too much forest land in the Green Mountains.
Leanne Linck is the Eastern Forest Senior Associate with the U.S. Wilderness Society. She spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about the compromise plan.