Obama names 2 new national monuments before Trump takes office

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Add two more national monuments to President Barack Obama’s conservation legacy.

On Tuesday afternoon Obama announced the designation of the Bears Ears and Gold Butte national monuments in Utah and Nevada. Just last week he announced a ban on Arctic gas and oil drilling, only a month before pro-drilling Donald Trump takes office.

The newest protected areas include sacred sites important to Native American tribes who have fought for the land, water and wildlife there for generations. Bears Ears, named for geological formations in southeastern Utah, is 1.35 million acres of federal land, which includes ancestral grounds, according to the White House. Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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