Press Release – National Monuments Benefits Local Communities
President’s Designation of Five New National Monuments Benefits Local Communities, Expands the National Conservation Lands
March 25, 2013 – The Conservation Lands Foundation applauded today’s designation of five new national monuments by President Obama.
“Today’s action by the President is a terrific step in protecting America’s history and our outdoor heritage. President Obama has ensured that future generations will benefit from unspoiled natural areas and have places to honor the people who made our country great,” said Conservation Lands Foundation Executive Director, Brian O’Donnell.
The five national monuments designated include Río Grande del Norte in Northern New Mexico, public lands in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State, a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad site in Maryland, the Col. Charles Young’s house in Ohio and the First State national park site in Delaware.
The President used his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act to designate the new monuments. This action came in response to calls from local elected officials, sportsmen, businesses and community members following an open and transparent public process as outlined in the Administration’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative.
National Monument status will benefit the local economies of each of the nearby communities by bringing in new tourism and protecting areas important for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Protected public lands have also been shown to have a positive impact on people’s quality of life and the ability of communities to attract and keep new businesses.
“This impressive collection of new national monuments gives all Americans the chance to better understand our country’s history and the opportunity to experience our country’s outdoor heritage,” said O’Donnell.
Two of the national monuments protected – Río Grande del Norte and the San Juan Islands – are now part of our National Conservation Lands, some of the most spectacular natural, cultural and historic lands in our country managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
The National Conservation Lands are our newest collection of protected lands and waterways— standing proudly alongside our National Parks, National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges as treasured places belonging to every American.