President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the Department of Interior is proposing to reopen the Lake Link Wilderness in Wyoming, a major waterway in the central Appalachians.
The closure would open up the area to the public for the first time since 1986, when President Ronald Reagan signed the Wilderness Act.
“This decision is a win for all Americans, including the millions of people living in the area,” the president said in a statement.
“The restoration of the lake is one of the nation’s greatest natural resources, and we can all work together to protect this important resource and the lives of countless people, animals, and wildlife that rely on it for survival.”
The Interior Department also said it will begin a project to improve water quality in the lake, which was the source of an emergency closure last year.
The announcement came as Trump’s administration faced mounting pressure to reverse its previous position on the lake.
On Monday, Trump ordered a review of the Lake Carter-Lake Cheyenne-Sparks area, where the lake was closed in the summer of 2017 to improve its quality of life.
The Interior Secretary’s office announced in June that the lake could reopen as early as late summer.
The Trump administration has not announced a timeline for when the lake will reopen.
A spokesman for the Interior Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Thursday, the Interior Secretary announced that the department will begin an environmental impact study for the lake in 2018.