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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)


109 Responses to “Preserving Public Lands For Future Generations. Thanks, President Obama”


  1. 14 Dudette
    July 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Wooot! 😆
    I’m First! I’m First!!

  2. 18 hopefruit2
    July 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Lame duck who?

  3. July 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks a traaaaaaaaaaaaaazilllllllllllion, Nerdy!!

  4. 23 vcprezofan2
    July 10, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Just placing this here quietly so that I won’t forget later to brag to let LPlains know that *I* am actually watching the Opening Ceremonies of the 17th Pan Am Games!
    xxxxxxx

    Congrats on 1st, Dear Dudette!

    • 24 Dudette
      July 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much Dear VeeCee!

      What? PanAm Games are going on? Sleek muscley men running in Speedos? Oh my goodness! Let me put this phone down so I can drive home and turn on the TV? Dialing up Chinese takeout right now!!!😻

  5. 27 desertflower
    July 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Just got done reading about this at ThinkProgress. What a BFD. Thank you, President Obama!!

  6. July 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Again proving that British Conservatives, although some of them are wankers, are pretty much not like US conservatives:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33452598

  7. July 10, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Once Donald is Prez, every national park will have a Trump golf course. YEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAA!

  8. July 10, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Breaking:

    • July 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      The Greeks chose a solid PM in Alexis Tsipras and they showed remarkable solidarity last Sunday. Might be that they will teach a worthwhile lesson or two to the EU.

      • July 10, 2015 at 8:41 pm

        Except, except… The package the Greeks sent to the EU is pretty much what the creditors were asking for. At least if you read this analysis on the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33475455

        And the month’s delay has served only to pretty much wreck the Greek economy even further with a lack of liquidity in the banks. This all seems like sturm und drang for nothing.

        (I know, the Greeks hope to get a debt restructuring out of this, and probably will, but this is starting to look at best like a Pyrrhic victory.)

        • July 10, 2015 at 8:53 pm

          Not a single voting district in all of Greece voted yes in the referendum. I’d say that inspiring a landslide decision, via a democratic process, is far from a pyrrhic victory. And, PM Tsipras, from the moment the vote tally was affirmed, has continued to express the intent of Greece to remain within the EU. The only way Greece emerges as a stable economy is if the people are motivated to reject the corruption that has plagued the country for decades and be willing to strive for a better future. I think he has succeeded in motivating his fellow citizens to do just that.

          • July 10, 2015 at 8:55 pm

            The good thing about Syriza is that it’s anti-corruption. I just hope it doesn’t take generations to root it out.

          • 36 theo67
            July 11, 2015 at 2:12 am

            Based on the interviews I saw on BBC with people in the streets, most Greeks didn’t even know or understand what they were voting for. They wanted the end of their pain, and were seduced into thinking that they were voting for debt relief and the end of austerity, which is a fallacy. Never mind that EU countries are legally prohibited for taking on the debt of another country through classic haircuts, so any debt relief has to come in the form that the EU negotiators were proposing even before the so-called referendum.

  9. 37 Allison
    July 10, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    WTF

  10. July 10, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    This may be the most epic burn of Kobe Bryant ever. (And I’m a Kobe fan.)

  11. July 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    WTH?

  12. July 10, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Ok, off to my brother’s ex-wife’s birthday party. I hope to have an essay on her up on my blog this weekend. It’s quite a story.

  13. 63 Dudette
    July 10, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Wow! Look VC!

  14. 65 Dudette
    July 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

  15. 67 yardarm756
    July 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    OT but spot on!

  16. 68 Dudette
    July 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  17. 69 vcprezofan2
    July 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

  18. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    July 10, 2015 at 9:11 pm

  19. 84 amk for obama
    July 10, 2015 at 9:17 pm

  20. July 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    How Folks on the Left try to scare folks about healthcare….

  21. 90 amk for obama
    July 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    psycho can jump on to the bed now….

    I am gonna hafta break his legs…. sorry, it has to be done.

  22. 95 amk for obama
    July 10, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    let’s hope so.

  23. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm

  24. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2015 at 10:06 pm

  25. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm

  26. July 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Chips and Nerdy W. Love my TOD family. I hope all is well in the family. I love you all. Keep putting our those beautiful thoughts of goodness for our POTUS and FLOTUS. They will complete this journey with our loving TOD family doing just fine, especially as we all keep their backs. So proud of our president. Every ounce of work for him is still worth it. HZ

    • 105 Nerdy Wonka
      July 10, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks, HZ.

      Wishing you the best also.

    • 106 0388jojothecat
      July 10, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      {{{{HZ}}}}} hope you are doing well. It’s always so good to see your comments although I know you are here everyday lurking/reading what’s going on because Lord knows you can’t get real and loving information about our President and first lady from the MSM. Have a wonderful weekend.

  27. 107 amk for obama
    July 10, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Memorial set up on Toronto pavement for dead raccoon called Conrad.

    A dead raccoon’s had a memorial set up around him on a street in Toronto, Canada.

    The animal was first spotted on Thursday morning.

    But as the day wore on and no-one came to pick “Conrad” up, the pavement memorial grew with a framed photo of a raccoon appearing and a condolence card.

    Then a red rose was put on his body and still he wasn’t collected by the city’s animal services.

    Local residents were asked to keep their green bins open on Thursday night in honour of #DeadRaccoonTO by Toronto councillor Norm Kelly.

    As night fell, candles were lit and more flowers were left with a pen to allow people to write messages on a piece of paper.

    He also trended on Twitter.

    Toronto residents even left a collection box to raise money for Conrad’s removal.

    And then it was all over.

    Conrad’s body was removed by animal services shortly before midnight leaving.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/33477466/memorial-set-up-on-toronto-pavement-for-dead-raccoon-called-conrad


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