Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Stornetta National Monuments?

President Barack Obama is preparing to designate New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area and California’s Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as national monuments soon if Congress does not act, according to a Feb. 3 report in The Washington Post. The two areas may gain new protection using the Antiquities Act, a popular measure that has been exercised by 16 administrations since President Theodore Roosevelt signed it into law in 1906.

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