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Wildland Protection Extended To 22,000 Acres In Maryland House Bill

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill extend wildland protection to nearly 22,000 more acres of state-owned land.

The total Wildland acreage in the state would be extended to 46,000 with this legislation.

The bill passed by a 99-36 vote in the House on Tuesday, but it is not the same as a bill regarding the same land that the Senate passed earlier this month, meaning either branch will have pass the other's version of the new designations or reach a compromise for it to go into law.  

In the House, opponents argued that the wildland protections handcuff park projects on those lands, but supporters argued that keeping the lands wild give a glimpse of what those parts of the state looked like before any development occurred.

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