Some national forest to be designated ‘wilderness’

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Thousands of acres in the national forests of Vermont and New Hampshire could soon be designated wilderness.

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the New England Wilderness Act, which would set aside nearly 48,000 acres in the Green Mountain National Forest and 34,500 acres in the White Mountain National Forest.

Motorized access and commercial logging are not permitted in wilderness areas, although hunting, hiking, snowshoeing and other “low impact” activities are.

The measure also calls for the creation of the Mount Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in Vermont, a 15,000-acre tract near Middlebury where snowmobiling and some logging would be permitted.

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