Today, Accountable.US released the following statement in response to reports that President Biden will designate two new national monuments today: Avi Kwa Ame in southern Nevada and Castner Rage in El Paso, Texas. The two designations combined would protect over 452,000 acres of land, marking a vital step to conserving 30 percent of natural places in the United States by 2030.
The Avi Kwa Ame National Monument protects the vital area around Spirit Mountain that is sacred to Native American Communities in the Mojave region and safeguard an invaluable cultural site and environmental habitat for future generations. A wide coalition of indigenous leaders, local communities, and local southern Nevada governments backed the site’s designation.
The Castner Range National Monument would protect over 7,000 acres of land in El Paso, TX, and provide natural space to an area in which 90% of Latinos and 95% of working-class people have been disproportionately deprived of natural spaces for their communities.
President Biden’s designation of Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range safeguards irreplaceable natural sites and preserves their cultural, environmental, and economic significance for future generations. These designations will be a positive step toward fulfilling the President’s campaign promise of conserving 30 percent of the country’s land and waters by 2030.”