Just Deserts

Meet the three brand-new national monuments that will protect 1.8 million acres of the California Desert.

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With more than 265 million acres under his belt, President Obama has already protected more land and water than any other president in history. But just because he’s ahead doesn’t mean he’s quitting! Yesterday, Obama created three new national monuments to permanently protect 1.8 million acres of the California Desert.

The 1.6-million-acre Mojave Trails National Monument, 154,000-acre Sand to Snow National Monument, and 21,000-acre Castle Mountains National Monument encompass important habitat for endangered species, ancient Native American trading routes, archaeological sites, the longest undeveloped stretch of Route 66, and much more.

And these stunning desertscapes won't just be oases of conservation. The new monuments will connect already-protected lands including Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and 15 congressionally-designated Wilderness areas. “Simply put, the California Desert is a national treasure,” says Senator Dianne Feinstein. “This designation only reaffirms that fact.” Thanks, Prez!   

Photo: White House BlogMojave Trails National Monument

Photo: White House BlogMojave Trails National Monument

Photo: White House BlogSand to Snow National Monument

Photo: White House BlogSand to Snow National Monument

Photo: White House BlogCastle Mountains National Monument

Photo: White House BlogCastle Mountains National Monument

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