Obama’s conservation legacy in the Four Corners

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Obama’s conservation legacy in the Four Corners

Land preservation covers vast, historically significant areas
In 2012, President Barack Obama declared Chimney Rock a national monument. The a 4,726-acre site east of Durango contains the ruins of nearly 200 ancestral Puebloan structures.
SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald file

With the ridgeline of Chimney Rock behind him, Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, dedicates the Chimney Rock National Monument in 2012.
In July 2016, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured the “Moonhouse” in McLoyd Canyon near Blanding, Utah. Jewell was on a research trip to hear from those who supported and opposed creating the Bears Ears National Monument. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre monument in December.
The “House on Fire” ruins in Mule Canyon near Blanding are among the thousands of archaeological sites in southeastern Utah. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in December to protect the region’s Native American heritage.
In July 2016, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured “Newspaper Rock,” near Monticello, Utah. Jewell was on a research trip to hear from those who supported and opposed creating the Bears Ears National Monument. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre monument in December to protect the region’s Native American heritage.
Lockhart Basin, south of the Colorado River, is within the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, designated in December by President Barack Obama.
In June 2016, Jonah Yellowman, a Navajo spiritual adviser, holds broken pottery found in southeastern Utah. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in December to protect the region’s Native American heritage.
Grants available during the Obama presidency allowed for the installation of solar panels at Southwest Horizons Ranch. Allen Riling, left, Nathan Keil, center, and Evan Goldstrand, all with Shaw Solar, installed panels.
Numerous stakeholders worked for decades to create the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, which set aside 38,000 acres as wilderness and 70,650 acres for a wide range of uses north of Durango. In December 2014, President Barack Obama’s signature made the act federal law.

Obama’s conservation legacy in the Four Corners

In 2012, President Barack Obama declared Chimney Rock a national monument. The a 4,726-acre site east of Durango contains the ruins of nearly 200 ancestral Puebloan structures.
SHAUN STANLEY/Durango Herald file

With the ridgeline of Chimney Rock behind him, Ken Salazar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, dedicates the Chimney Rock National Monument in 2012.
In July 2016, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured the “Moonhouse” in McLoyd Canyon near Blanding, Utah. Jewell was on a research trip to hear from those who supported and opposed creating the Bears Ears National Monument. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre monument in December.
The “House on Fire” ruins in Mule Canyon near Blanding are among the thousands of archaeological sites in southeastern Utah. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in December to protect the region’s Native American heritage.
In July 2016, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured “Newspaper Rock,” near Monticello, Utah. Jewell was on a research trip to hear from those who supported and opposed creating the Bears Ears National Monument. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre monument in December to protect the region’s Native American heritage.
Lockhart Basin, south of the Colorado River, is within the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, designated in December by President Barack Obama.
In June 2016, Jonah Yellowman, a Navajo spiritual adviser, holds broken pottery found in southeastern Utah. President Barack Obama designated the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in December to protect the region’s Native American heritage.
Grants available during the Obama presidency allowed for the installation of solar panels at Southwest Horizons Ranch. Allen Riling, left, Nathan Keil, center, and Evan Goldstrand, all with Shaw Solar, installed panels.
Numerous stakeholders worked for decades to create the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, which set aside 38,000 acres as wilderness and 70,650 acres for a wide range of uses north of Durango. In December 2014, President Barack Obama’s signature made the act federal law.
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