President Biden is within reach of setting a conservation record

Jun 7, 2024

With the recent expansions of Berryessa Snow Mountain and San Gabriel Mountains national monuments, President Joe Biden is now just 95,500 acres from protecting the most public land using the Antiquities Act of any recent president in their first term.

President Biden has now designated five new national monuments and expanded two, protecting over 1.6 million acres of public land using the Antiquities Act. Through these designations, President Biden is making strides toward the national goal of protecting 30 percent of America’s public lands by 2030. Designating just one more large national monument before the end of the year would solidify his position as the modern president with the greatest first-term conservation achievement. There are a multitude of proposals for new national monuments that would accomplish this goal, including 660,000 acres of the proposed Chuckwalla National Monument in California and the million-acre Owyhee Canyonlands proposal in eastern Oregon.

To learn more about how President Biden’s conservation record stacks up to other presidents, read the latest Westwise blog post from the Center for Western Priorities’ policy and creative content manager Lilly Bock-Brownstein.

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Quote of the day

It’s not a mistake that a movement like that happens in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and doesn’t happen in the Front Range of Colorado or the Greater Salt Lake area. It happens here because it still can. We try to make sense of these movements and seasonal ranges because when you’re doing science you have to compartmentalize and categorize these things, and then an animal like 255 comes along and breaks all the classifications we have. It’s humbling.”

—Matthew Kauffman, Wyoming Migration Initiative, WyoFile

Picture This

A line of stone state pillars at the World War II Memorial are lit up at night.


This morning at the World War II Memorial, we pause to remember the courage and sacrifice of those who fought to restore freedom on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day 80 years ago today.

Over 160,000 brave Allied troops crossed the English Channel that day. 4,414 made the ultimate sacrifice, including 2,501 Americans. Today, we reflect on their valor and remember their sacrifice.

Photo by Chris Johnson

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Featured image: President Joe Biden at the Grand Canyon. Photo: @WhiteHouse, X