Legislative efforts to designate certain lands as National Heritage, or wilderness, areas, are underway on Capitol Hill. But according to a recent poll by the National Center for Public Policy Research, these initiatives are unpopular with the public, especially those in minority communities. Comments National Center spokesman, David Almasi: “According to our poll, 52% of African-Americans oppose legislation to create new National Heritage Areas while only 37% support it. This opposition probably reflects the fact that minorities are particularly vulnerable to home price increases and prices would likely rise following National Heritage Area designation. This finding should give pause to the legislation’s supporters.”

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