President Obama is expected to announce three (3!) new national monuments today—from Chicago's historic Pullman Park District, a neighborhood where the first black labor union was formed, to Hawaii's Honouliuli Internment Camp, where the U.S. military kept 4,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. The third (pictured above) will consist of 21,000 newly protected acres surrounding the Arkansas River in Colorado's Browns Canyon, where wild trout swim among whitewater rapids. Today's trio of monuments vary visually but represent a country with great diversity, all of it beautiful.
The new designations will be Obama’s 14th, 15th, and 16th as president. His previous monuments include California's San Gabriel Mountains, New Mexico's Organ Mountains, the world's largest marine protected area, and a memorial to Harriet Tubman in Maryland. In his second term, Obama's been closing the gap between the amount of federal land leased for oil and gas drilling during his administration, and the land he’s protecting—a ratio that could get even smaller if Congress designates more wilderness. Keep 'em coming!
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