New national monuments coming in Texas, California & Nevada

Jul 10, 2015 8:09 AM by Cheryl Wengren

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mammoth bones, prehistoric rock carvings and more than a million acres of wilderness will be protected as part of new national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas.

President Barack Obama is creating the new monuments under the 1906 Antiquities Act. All told, Obama has created or expanded 19 national monuments including those being announced today.

In Texas, Obama is creating a monument at Waco Mammoth. It's a relatively small site in central Texas where archaeologists have discovered remains of 24 Columbian Mammoths from more than 65,000 years ago.

Nevada's Basin and Range is home to rare rock art from 4,000 years ago and will also become a national monument.

And California nature lovers will see more than 330,000 acres in set aside for a monument at Berryessa Snow Mountain.


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