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Biden to proclaim 2 NMons today: Avi Kwa Ame in Nevada & Castner Range in Texas

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday will designate two new national monuments in the Southwest, insulating from development a half million acres in Nevada that are revered by Native Americans and 6,600 acres in Texas that were once admired by the writer Jack Kerouac.

In southern Nevada, Mr. Biden will protect a large portion of the Spirit Mountain area, encompassing some of the most biologically diverse and culturally significant lands in the Mojave Desert. Near El Paso, Texas, he will establish the Castner Range National Monument on a former artillery range along rugged canyons and arroyos that rise out of the desert near the Franklin Mountains.

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