President Obama protects three new national monuments

Conservationists work tirelessly to protect America’s most wild and treasured parks, forests, monuments, wildlife refuges and other public lands. President Obama has responded by protecting natural wonders in California, Nevada and Texas as national monuments, to be cherished and enjoyed for generations to come.

Berryessa Snow Mountain, in California, showcases the Inner Coast Ranges, rich with oak woodlands, clear creeks and fields of wildflowers. It is a haven for outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing and is easily accessible to both the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Southern Nevada’s Basin and Range National Monument features Native American heritage sites in a unique western landscape that is home to bighorn sheep, kit fox and ancient bristlecone pine. Monument status means visitors may continue to hike, bike and hunt in those lands.

The third monument is Waco Mammoth. Wooded parkland along the Bosque River in Texas protects the nation’s first and only recorded fossil bed of a nursery herd of Pleistocene-era mammoths, drawing visitors and renowned scientists from all over the world.

Wild places like Nevada’s Basin and Range, California’s Berryessa Snow Mountain and Waco Mammoth in Texas are exactly the kind of places in our busy, crowded nation that deserve to be permanently protected. These special lands will now be preserved as a legacy for our children’s future.


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