Five New National Monuments Designations Applauded

On March 25, President Obama designated 5 sites that will become new national monuments, which cover more than 240,000 acres across the nation.

In support of these new national monuments, American River’s president, Bob Irvin, has applauded Obama’s decision with the following statement:

 “We commend President Obama for his leadership and vision in protecting five new national monuments that will safeguard historic, cultural, and natural treasures for future generations. Two of the monuments, the First State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, honor the importance of rivers to our nation’s history, culture, and environment.”

“The First State National Monument protects land along the Brandywine River in Delaware and Pennsylvania. From the Brandywine’s role in the American Revolution to the inspiration it has given generations of artists including Andrew Wyeth, to its beautiful natural landscape, this river couldn’t be more deserving of protection.”

“New Mexico’s Rio Grande is known for its beautiful scenery, whitewater boating, and fishing. The river and surrounding lands provide critical habitat for bear, cougar, elk, and a host of migratory birds. The area is also home to thousands of archeological sites. A national monument designation will ensure these treasures will be preserved for generations to come.”

According to Huffington post, it was reported that new monuments will be the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State.