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Clinton Creates More Monuments

Friday, 10 November 2000 12:00 AM

According to Reuters news service:

Without consulting Congress or obtaining its approval, the president Thursday signed White House proclamations – creating the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona and expanding the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.

Delighting environmentalists and infuriating some Western members of Congress who had been ignored, Clinton acted under authority of the 1906 Antiquities Act.

Over nearly a century, the act has been invoked more than 100 times, enabling presidents through executive order to protect objects of historic and scientific interest by banning the public.

The Vermilion Cliffs monument, covering 293,000 acres of federal land on the Colorado Plateau, is inhabited by California condors, desert bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions and other wildlife.

The protected canyons and desert grasslands contain remnants of villages, where scientists believe humans have lived for thousands of years.

Expansion of the Craters of the Moon monument, created by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924, covers an additional 661,000 acres of volcanic craters, cones, lava flows, caves and fissures.

Earlier this year, Clinton created four other new national monuments, embracing 440,000 acres of federal land in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

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