Mojave Trails National Monument, credit: In Photos: President Obama Designates 3 National Monuments in California; February 17, 2016 White House Office of Digital Strategy, by Tanya Somanader, Clay Dumas.
Obama designates new national monuments in the California desert
By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, February 12, 2016
President Obama has set aside more of America’s lands and waters for conservation protection than any of his predecessors, and he is preparing to do even more before he leaves office next year. The result may be one of the most expansive environmental and historic-preservation legacies in presidential history.
On Friday, Obama designated more than 1.8 million acres of California desert for protection with the creation of three national monuments: Castle Mountains, Mojave Trails and Sand to Snow. The new monuments will connect three existing sites — Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks and the Mojave National Preserve — to create the second-largest desert preserve in the world. Read more…