Statement From BBT Climate Director Ari Appel on President Biden Designating Camp Hale — Continental Divide National Monument
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2022
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STATEMENT FROM BBT CLIMATE DIRECTOR ARI APPEL ON PRESIDENT BIDEN DESIGNATING CAMP HALE — CONTINENTAL DIVIDE NATIONAL MONUMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Building Back Together Climate Director Ari Appel released the following statement after President Biden announced he is designating Camp Hale a national monument and protecting the Thompson Divide, part of the ancestral homelands of the Ute Tribes:
“President Biden continues to deliver significant wins for our nation and our environment as he works to preserve America’s great outdoors for future generations. Today’s designation protects Camp Hale and surrounding lands for years to come, honoring the deep history and significance of this area for America’s veterans and Tribal communities. This designation also strengthens the outdoor industry and supports jobs in the area.
“The 10th Mountain Division trained at Camp Hale before deploying to the Italian Alps to serve our nation in World War II, and this land, which lies within the ancestral homelands of the Ute Tribes, holds deep spiritual and cultural significance for generations of Ute people. President Biden designating Camp Hale – Continental Divide National Monument, his first national monument since taking office, underscores his lasting commitment to veterans and Tribal communities, as well as to preserving America’s history and our great outdoors.