President Obama has announced that he is designating three new national monuments to permanently protect sites unique to our Nation’s extraordinary history and natural heritage. Apparently this upsets the GOP, but hey more cool places for us to visit and take our families too, right?
FACT: President Obama has protected more acres of public lands and waters through the Antiquities Act than any other administration at 16 national monuments and over 1 million acres of federally protected public land.
The three new national monuments are:
The Pullman National Monument
This monument will preserve and highlight America’s first planned industrial town and a site that tells important stories about the social dynamics of the industrial revolution, of American opportunity and discrimination, and of the rise of labor unions and the struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity for African Americans and other minorities. Photo courtesy of Office of State Historic Sites, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado
Will protect a stunning section of Colorado’s upper Arkansas river Valley. Located in Chaffee County near the town of Salida, Colorado, the 21,586-acre monument features rugged granite cliffs, colorful rock outcroppings, and mountain vistas that are home to diversity of plants and wildlife, including bighorn sheep and golden eagles. In addition to supporting a vibrant outdoor recreation economy, the designation will protect the critical watershed and honor existing water rights and uses. Photo by Bob Wick, U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Honouliuli National Monument in Hawaii
Permanently protects a site where Japanese American citizens, resident immigrants, and prisoners of war were held captive during World War II. Located on the island of Oahu, the monument will help tell the difficult story of the internment camp’s impact on the Japanese American community and the fragility of civil rights during times of conflict. Photo by R.H. Lodge, courtesy Hawaii’s Plantation Village.
Apart from the three new monuments President Obama also designated over 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains in California, established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (roughly 500,00 acres) in New Mexico, and expanded to nearly 500,000 square miles the sanctuary near remote Pacific Islands.