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3 New National Monuments Designated in California

3 New National Monuments Designated in California

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, February 15, 2016/Categories: wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment

  Sand Dunes, Mojave Trails National Monument (credit: Bureau of Land Management)

Exercising executive authority under Theodore Roosevelt's Antiquities Act of 1906, President Obama declared three new National Monuments in the wild deserts of California. In making his announcement President Obama said:

"the new monuments will link already protected lands, including Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and fifteen congressionally-designated Wilderness areas, permanently protecting key wildlife corridors and providing plants and animals with the space and elevation range that they will need in order to adapt to the impacts of climate change".

The new monuments include: Mojave Trails, a 1.6-million-acre matrix of land along historic Route 66 protecting wildlife corridors between Death Valley and Joshua Tree national mouments; Sand to Snow encompassing 154,000 acres between Joshua Tree National Park and the San Bernardino National Forest including 24 miles of the popular Pacific Crest Trail; and the 20,920-acre Castle Mountains of desert peaks and grasslands south of Las Vegas.

               

                                  Sand to Snow Mountains National Mounument (credit: the White House)

Our corporate associates at The Conservation Alliance, and their contributing companies in the national outdoor industry, were strong advocates for these monument designations to insure public access, assist wildlife conservation, and for other environmental reasons. If you utilize and enjoy these or other natural landscapes, you should support their ongoing work to conserve such finite resources for the future.

We hope to learn of additional national monuments being declared by the White House offering protection to sensative lands and historical locations thoughtout the country.

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