Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) 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 am thrilled to see President Obama today sign into law the omnibus public lands bill, a measure that will benefit Michigan and the nation by enhancing preservation of natural and historic resources and improving recreational opportunities for current and future generations, Levin said.

This legislation will provide a significant boost to Michigan through four provisions I authored.

Levin said the bill removes several onerous federal requirements and increases authorized funding levels for the Upper Peninsula's Keweenaw National Historical Park.

He also stated it authorizes the federal government to purchase land from willing sellers for the North Country National Scenic Trail, the nation's longest hiking trail, 1,000 miles of which traverse through Michigan.

After years of careful planning and public input, Levin continued, the bill will also protect 12,000 pristine acres of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along the south shore of majestic Lake Superior while preserving access and recreational opportunities for the public.

Each of these provisions will pay dividends for years to come by protecting natural beauty and history in Michigan while also encouraging tourism and recreation and celebrating everything our state has to offer.

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