Following up on Alaska’s example, legislators in Wyoming have called on the federal government to declare Central Park a wilderness area and forbid further improvements to the park. It’s a cute way of telling the Feds to keep out of Wyoming’s business so they can fill the state with oil rigs and whatever the hell else they want. Hey, if you’re so keen on protecting our land why aren’t you protecting Central Park!
“A JOINT RESOLUTION requesting Congress to acquire the area commonly known as Central Park on Manhattan in New York City on behalf of the federal government; urging the United States Congress to declare Central Park to be a wilderness area and to prohibit any further improvement or development of Central Park unless authorized by an Act of Congress.”
Central Park is protected in numerous ways, and is part of the Public Trust Doctrine, which demands legilsative approval to use the park for non-recreational purposes, the New York Times has noted. Also, Central Park is man-made! Wyoming was crafted almost entirely by dinosaurs and wind.
The full text of the resolution is here (pdf). The weird thing about it is that the Wyoming legislators didn’t even take the time to write their own bill. They literally cribbed the entire thing from the Alaskans, including the parts about the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. C’mon, Wyoming! If you’re gonna be crazy, be original!
For our original article about the resolution in Alaska click here.
Central Park panorama by angusgr via flickr.