The National Conservations Lands system has some new local additions. Basin and Range National Monument was established by President Obama today along with Berryessa Snow Mountain in Northern California and Waco Mammoth in Texas.
Basin and Range is about 2 hours north of Las Vegas and spans Coal and Garden Valleys along with much of the Golden Gate, Worthington and Seaman Ranges. It's a shot at conserving not just one small portion of an ecosystem but more of a connected whole that should help protect species as they migrate and adapt to different areas in response to changes in climate.
Like Sloan Canyon NCA Basin and Range is rich in cultural history with rock art sites scatters throughout the area, including well known sites in both the Mt. Irish and White River Narrows Archeological Districts. It's also the home of City, a monumental work of art created by Michael Heizer over the past 40+ years. City is 1.25 miles long and .25 mile wide, roughly the size of the Washington DC's National Mall, and consists of a series of complexes reflecting aspects of both ancient architecture and modern technology.
You can find out more about Basin and Range National Monument with tips on visiting at Jim Boone's Bird and Hike website.
Welcome Basin and Range National Monument!