Clinton Signs Parks, Public Lands Bill

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President Bill Clinton signed a popular parks bill Tuesday, praising the legislation as the type of cooperative effort he hopes will continue in the new Congress.

Clinton signed the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 in an Oval Office ceremony attended by more than 20 members of Congress. They helped steer the legislation to passage one month before the election.

"I hope we can see more legislation like this over the next four years," Clinton said. "We said we were going to put our national treasures beyond partisan politics. I ask Congress to continue to work with me in the same spirit." The new parks law expands and makes boundary adjustments in scores of parks, authorizes dozens of land exchanges and creates new heritage areas, historic trails and scenic rivers in 41 states. It ensures preservation of the Presidio, a 1,400-acre former Army base in San Francisco, by switching its management from the U.S. Park Service to a nonprofit trust established by the government. The bill included the Wild Horses Protection Act sponsored by the late Rep. …