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Biden declares 53k-acre Camp Hale-Continental Divide NMon; his first such move under Antiquities Act

President Biden will travel to Colorado on Wednesday to designate a World War II-era military site as a national monument, using his executive powers to protect the historic landscape and delivering on a key priority for Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) ahead of next month’s midterm elections.

Biden has yet to create an entirely new national monument, although he has expanded existing national monuments that President Donald Trump slashed in size. The designation will apply to Camp Hale, which served as winter training grounds for the Army in the 1940s and which now provides critical habitat for wildlife including elk, deer, lynxes and migratory songbirds.

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