President Biden created new national monuments in Nevada and Texas and a marine sanctuary in Pacific waters to protect the country’s natural treasures, according to an NBCDFW article which says,
“President Joe Biden said Tuesday he is establishing national monuments on more than half a million acres in Nevada and Texas and creating a marine sanctuary in U.S. waters near the Pacific Remote Islands southwest of Hawaii. The conservation measures are “protecting the heart and soul of our national pride,” Biden said.
Speaking at a White House summit on conservation action, Biden said the new monuments are among the “natural treasures” that “define our identity as a nation. They’re a birthright we have to pass down to generation after generation.””
President Biden, at a conservation summit, praised Castner Range’s beauty, whose local advocates hope to boost tourism. The area served as an army site before closing in 1966, according to a Dallas Morning News article. They report,
“At a White House summit on conservation, Biden called the land a “place of incredible beauty.”
Local and environmental advocates have long pushed for the designation, arguing it would increase outdoor access and drive economic development through tourism.
Castner lies along the southern end of the Franklin Mountain Range and served as an Army site during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War before closing in 1966. The land must now be remediated to clear unexploded munitions.”
Biden said the new monuments are “natural treasures” that define the identity of the nation.