Its not often you hear postiive news coming from the Bush administration in regard to conservation, but last week President Bush signed the Thompson/Boxer/Feinstein Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (AKA Wilderness Bill, or HR 233/S 128) into law. This newly protected area covers nearly 275,000 acres (see map for details). For those that don’t know, the status of “wilderness” provides the greatest amount of protection possible under US law. This is great news for Northern California. If you haven’t visited these areas put it on your list. The north coast of California is an amazing place.