House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement Monday after President Barack Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act.

Earlier in the day, Obama signed the act into law, which protects 2 million acres of wilderness and preserve monuments, trails and rivers across the country.

The act is a combination of over 150 individual environmental bills and will, among other things, conserve water and protect 1,000 miles of scenic rivers.

Further, the act blocks mining and drilling on millions of acres of federal land and provides funding for research on paralysis by including the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act.

I was so pleased to join President Obama today as he signed the most significant conservation measure to be enacted by Congress in the last 15 years, Pelosi said in her statement Monday.

This bipartisan legislation will create more than 2 million new acres of wilderness, including more than 700,000 acres in my own state of California, and strengthen rural economies from coast to coast.

She further stated the act will conserve public lands for future generations and includes numerous water-related provisions that will help manage drought, particularly in the West, improve aging infrastructure, recharge groundwater supplies, and promote the reuse and recycling of water.

Today is a great day for all who care about our beautiful country and its pristine natural heritage, Pelosi said in closing her remarks.

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