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Thu., May 22, 2014, 11:42 a.m.

National monument tally increases under Obama

Prusik Peak looms above golden alpine larch during early October in the Enchantment Lakes region of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth, Wash. (Donna Larsen)
Prusik Peak looms above golden alpine larch during early October in the Enchantment Lakes region of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth, Wash. (Donna Larsen)

PUBLIC LANDS -- President Obama is using his presidential power to end-around the gridlock in Washington to give better protection to choice public lands.

President Obama designates national monument in New Mexico
At a press conference Wednesday, President Obama designated 500,000 acres in New Mexico along the state's border with Mexico the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, the 12th time he has used the Antiquities Act to protect lands, and he said he's not done yet.
--Salt Lake Tribune

Here's a list of top-choice areas for President Obama to consider designating as national monuments, including the Alpine Lakes region of Washington, Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds, Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, and several classic areas in Utah.



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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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