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Preserving Public Lands For Future Generations. Thanks, President Obama

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Christy Goldfuss: President Obama Designates 3 New National Monuments, Protecting More than 1 Million Acres of Public Land

Today, we joined community members from California, Texas, and Nevada to celebrate the President’s announcement of three new national monuments. The new monuments include Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Basin and Range in Nevada. Together, these striking places demonstrate the wide range of historic, cultural, and natural values that make America’s public lands so treasured. With these new designations, President Obama will have used the Antiquities Act to establish or expand 19 national monuments. Today’s addition of three national monuments will protect more than 1 million acres of public land, adding to the more than 260 million acres of public lands and waters President Obama has protected for future generations – more than any other President.

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Protecting our lands is about more than just protecting our great outdoors. These designations provide a boost to the local economies of surrounding communities by attracting visitors and generating more revenue and jobs, building on an outdoor recreation industry that already generates $646 billion in consumer spending each year. The public lands President Obama designated today protect significant cultural and historical landmarks. Native Americans have inhabited the Berryessa Snow Mountain area for at least the last 11,000 years, leaving behind their cultural influences and artifacts, such as seasonal hunting camps and earth-covered round buildings.

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President Barack Obama's hands are seen before he signs the designation of three new national monuments; Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and the Basin and Range in Nevada, in the Oval Office of the White House Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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President Barack Obama, center, talks about the designation of three new national monuments; Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and the Basin and Range in Nevada, in the Oval Office of the White House Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. Behind him from left are Victor Knox, associate director of park planning, facilities and lands of the National Park Service; April Slayton, chief of public affairs and  chief spokesperson of the National Park Service; Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell; Randy Moore, Forest Service; and Bureau of Land Management director Neil Kornze. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama talks about the designation of three new national monuments; Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and the Basin and Range in Nevada, in the Oval Office of the White House. Behind him from left are Victor Knox, associate director of park planning, facilities and lands of the National Park Service; April Slayton, chief of public affairs and chief spokesperson of the National Park Service; Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell; Randy Moore, Forest Service; and Bureau of Land Management director Neil Kornze

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White House press assistant Peter Velz, left, gestures to make a path for President Barack Obama, center, as the president walks away from his desk after designating three new national monuments; Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and the Basin and Range in Nevada, in the Oval Office of the White House Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. At right are Behind him from left are John "Russ" Whitlock, with the National Park Service, and Victor Knox, associate director of park planning, facilities and lands of the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama, walks away from his desk after signing a designation of three new national monuments; Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and the Basin and Range in Nevada, in the Oval Office of the White House Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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15

The Kids State Dinner

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First lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids’ State Dinner

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President Barack Obama drops by and shakes hands with attendees during the annual Kids State Dinner at the East Room of the White House. The First Lady hosted the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating, at the annual “dinner”

First lady Michelle Obama talks with guests during the Kids State Dinner for the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama greets a young guest after making an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama mingles with guests during the Kids State Dinner for the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, on Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama greets Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the daughters of retired football player Michael Strahan, as he makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama greets Sophia and Isabella Strahan, the daughters of retired football player Michael Strahan

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) speaks with Felix Gonzalez (back to camera), age 11 of Puerto Rico, as she welcomes children to a Kids' State Dinner at the White House in Washington, July 10, 2015. The children are winners of

President Barack Obama makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks as he makes an unannounced appearance at the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. The children present were part of the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama greets guests after  making an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama gives a young guest a hug as he makes an unannounced appearance as first lady Michelle Obama hosts the 2015 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids' State Dinner in the East Room at the White House, Friday, July 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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They Try To Mimic President Obama, But They Fail Every Time

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The Kids’ State Dinner ll

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The Kids’ State Dinner

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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez pose for a selfie before the 85th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Exposition in New York, N.Y., July 10, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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