Statement On President Biden Designating National Monuments In Nevada And Texas From BBT Climate Director Ari Appel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2023
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STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BIDEN DESIGNATING NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN NEVADA AND TEXAS FROM BBT CLIMATE DIRECTOR ARI APPEL
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Building Back Together Climate Director Ari Appel released the following statement after President Biden announced he will establish Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Nevada and Castner Range National Monument in Texas, and called on his administration to protect all U.S. waters around the Pacific Remote Islands:
“Generations of Americans will benefit from the historic conservation actions President Biden has taken while in office – and today’s announcements build on that legacy. By designating Avi Kwa Ame National Monument, Castner Range National Monument, and advancing ocean conservation, the president is honoring our veterans, protecting Tribal heritage, and preserving the great American outdoors for our children and grandchildren.”
In Nevada, Avi Kwa Ame Monument preserves a sacred mountain with great significance for twelve local tribes: the Mojave, Hualapai, Yavapai, Havasupai, Quechan, Maricopa, Pai, Halchidhoma, Cocopah, Kumeyaay, Hopi, and Chemehuevi-Paiute people. It represents the largest land conservation President Biden has announced since taking office, and would not have been possible without the input and advocacy of Tribal leaders and conservationists.
In Texas, Castner Range National Monument, a former military training ground located in the ancestral homeland of the Comanche and Apache people, honors America’s veterans and servicemembers while protecting native plants and wildlife.
President Biden has also called on his administration to protect U.S. waters around the Pacific Remote Islands, which would meet his goal of conserving 30% of American oceans by 2030.