President Obama designates three new national monuments
President Obama designates three new national monuments A meteor streaks through the sky over Joshua trees and rocks at Joshua Tree National Monument in Southern California's Mojave Desert. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon/Evan Vucci, File)
President Obama designates three new national monuments
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President Barack Obama has granted national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert. It is a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources. It also will provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others.
 
Obama signed proclamations establishing three regions as national monuments. They are Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains (both in the Mojave Desert) and Sand to Snow in the Sonoran Desert.
 
The White House says the designations will nearly double the amount of public land that Obama has designated as national monument status since taking office.
 
"The monuments will support climate resiliency in the region," the White House added in a statement.
 
The designations will also connect those regions to other protected government land. Those include Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve and 15 other federal wilderness areas.
 
Mojave Trails National Monument takes up 1.6 million acres.  It is by far the largest of the three new ones.
 
Sprawling across the vast Mojave Desert, it contains ancient lava flows and spectacular sand dunes. There are ancient Native American trading routes and World War II-era training camps. It also contains the largest remaining undeveloped stretch of America's Mother Road. It is along historic Route 66.
 
Castle Mountains National Monument is also in the Mojave Desert.  It links two mountain ranges. The area covers nearly 21,000 acres that hold numerous important Native American archaeological sites. The area is also home to golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and other wildlife.
 
Sand to Snow National Monument rises from the floor of the Sonoran Desert to the 11,503-foot peak of Mount San Gorgonio. It is Southern California's tallest alpine peak.
 
Its diverse landscape includes the headwaters of the state's Santa Ana and Whitewater rivers.  It is home to 240 species of birds and 12 endangered or threatened species of wildlife. It also contains an estimated 1,700 Native American petroglyphs and 30 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.  Petroglyphs are ancient carvings in stone.
 
The federal Antiquities Act, adopted in 1906, grants the president the authority to protect landmarks, structures and objects of historic or scientific interest by designating them as national monuments.

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Why do deserts need to be protected?
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COMMENTS (96)
  • caitlynk-2-bar
    2/23/2016 - 12:12 a.m.

    Deserts need to be protected because it needs to, "(...) maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources." These are some of the many reasons we need to protect deserts and other places around the world. This article was interesting because it tells the U.S. that if the president is protecting the environment we should too. This article surprised me because I find it strange that the president didn't decide to do this earlier in his term.

  • kaleyc-pla
    2/23/2016 - 10:02 a.m.

    This article discusses the areas in the Southern California Desert that has been designated National Monument status. Obama and the White House have designated certain areas - over 1.8 million acres - as national monuments to preserve the fragile ecosystem and ensure that the land stays available for recreational activities such as hiking.

    I think it is important to preserve our natural parks and ecosystems, and giving areas national monument is an interesting way to ensure preservation. I think that people are more likely to make sure they keep national monuments clean and preserved over regular recreational areas, so this might be a good way to do this!

  • kalif-hol
    2/23/2016 - 06:32 p.m.

    Because they are an environment to many types of animals and species. If they go unprotected, people could destroy them and kill off many animals and destroy the place they bodies are able to survive and their natural home.

  • yusufh-wes
    2/24/2016 - 09:22 a.m.

    Deserts need to be protected because they contain ancient lava flows and spectacular sand dunes.There are ancient native American trading routes and world war ll-era training camps.It also contains the largest remaining undeveloped stretch of America's Mother Road.It is along historic route 66.

  • kevinl13-wil
    2/24/2016 - 01:36 p.m.

    In my opinion the desserts need to be protected because some of them contain lava flows and it contains some very important dunes. There are also ancient tribes that must be protected.

  • jazlynt-1-ric
    2/24/2016 - 02:08 p.m.

    Deserts need to be protected because that is government land and wildlife areas. In the article it says "The designations will also connect those regions to other protected government land." It also says "Those include Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve and 15 other federal wilderness areas." If we don't protect the deserts and wildlife with they will have no place to go and will come into your cities. "The area is also home to golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and other wildlife." And that is why deserts are so important to protect.

  • jaletssai-wil
    2/24/2016 - 02:12 p.m.

    Desserts need to be protected, because there is a lot of national monuments. There is also wildlife, like eagles, sheep, mountain lions, etc. If we don't protect the dessert, the wildlife, and the valuable monuments. "Castle Mountains National Monument is also in the Mojave Desert.", "The area is also home to golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and other wildlife."

  • emelyb1-wil
    2/24/2016 - 02:14 p.m.

    Deserts need to be protected because they houses an area that animals live in and they are a big places that have not really been explored.They are home to golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and other wildlife. It is home to 240 species of birds and 12 endangered or threatened species of wildlife. The White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources. I infer that we need to protect the deserts because some deserts contain lava flows and more.

    • ashleym4-wil
      2/24/2016 - 02:22 p.m.

      Its "the" houses not they in the first sentence.

  • danielp1-wil
    2/24/2016 - 02:18 p.m.

    Deserts are also a part of human nature . its a home to many animals such as birds lizards and more. also deserts are a supply of cactus.

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