A Sigh of Relief for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument

A Sigh of Relief for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The U.S. has only one marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, and its existence won’t face a Supreme Court challenge this year. The court declined to hear a case challenging President Obama’s 2016 designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The underwater monument is about […]

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The Conservation Presidents You Don’t Know

The Conservation Presidents You Don’t Know

Presidents Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt are well known for their contributions to land conservation in the U.S.  But the Department of Interior’s list of the top Presidents who shaped America’s public lands also contains a few surprises.   Abraham Lincoln saved the union but he also set aside some of the most iconic lands we own […]

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The Presidential Power of Marine National Monuments

The Presidential Power of Marine National Monuments

Much as our national parks on land are some of our greatest natural treasures, marine national monuments safeguard precious ecosystems and protect them now and for future generations. The National Marine Sanctuary System encompasses more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters, and contains amazing cultural and historical resources, as well as […]

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The Scientific Case for National Monuments

The Scientific Case for National Monuments

by Dr. Gareth Lawson The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument holds a special place in my heart. This monument, designated by President Obama four years ago this week, protects crucial marine habitats for incredible species, from whales to corals, along the edge of the New England continental shelf. Unfortunately, this monument is currently […]

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