Obama formally proclaims Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks NMon; USBLM will continue to manage area

President Obama formally designated almost half a million acres in southern New Mexico as a national monument Wednesday, saying it would protect vital resources and history, but enraging Republicans.

Obama held a ceremony at the Interior Department headquarters to sign the declaration creating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Obama can unilaterally create national monuments under the Antiquities Act to protect them from development.

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