President Obama Thinks Ahead, Establishes Basin and Range National Monument
Congratulations and Thanks are due to President Obama in acting to preserve such a large, lonely and pristine swath of the Nevada desert on July 10, 2015.
The new Basin and Range Monument is located northwest of Las Vegas and is defined by a couple of large, mostly untouched valleys.
This was accomplished through the Antiquities Act which allows the president to designate places and lands of special value as national monuments.
One of the most spectacular and geologically revealing areas in the country, Death Valley, started off as a monument, so there is great value to a piece of legislation that allows relatively swift action to leave key lands untouched in a time of pressure on natural resources of all kinds, wild lands being of utmost value.
Without this kind of action, desert areas can quickly be converted to mining uses, power transmission, solar field projects or some other type of development, as is the case currently with many project proposals for large areas of the California desert.
So our thanks to President Obama for leaving intact the kind place where adventure and solitude can be experienced by those who slow down enough to understand elemental realities.
By the way, two other areas were preserved in the same action by the president.