Washington Considers New National Monuments


Otero Mesa
Otero Mesa

Otero Mesa, in New Mexico.

Photo by Paul Garland; used under CC license

The Department of Interior is considering preserving 14 areas as National Monuments. Some state officials are angry they have not been consulted about the move. But a Department of Interior spokesperson has said these are merely ideas for National Monuments.

The areas under consideration include:

• the San Rafael Swell in Utah,

• New Mexico's Otero Mesa,

• Montana’s Northern Prairie,

• Heart of theGreat Basin in Nevada, 

• Northwest Sonoran Desert in Arizona,

• Colorado's Vermillion Basin, and

• the San Juan Islands in Washington.

For a full list (and map) check out the New York Times article.

— Jonah Ogles