"Biden Designates Colorado’s Camp Hale As His First National Monument"

"The move delivers on a key priority for Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat battling for reelection"

"President Biden traveled 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 had yet to create an entirely new national monument, although he has expanded existing national monuments that President Donald Trump slashed in size. The designation applies 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.

The Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument will encompass more than 53,800 acres and will also include the Tenmile Range, a mountain range with stunning views that is prized by hikers and rock climbers, according to a White House fact sheet."

Maxine Joselow and Tyler Pager report for the Washington Post October 12, 2022.

Source: Washington Post, 10/13/2022