This afternoon, President Obama will sign a proclamation designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument. In honor of the occasion, the Department of the Interior is taking over the White House Instagram to share some their favorite photos of America’s public lands.
By establishing this monument, the President will permanently protect nearly 500,000 acres in south-central New Mexico. The new national monument won't just preserve our natural lands for future generations, it'll help grow the economy and create jobs. One recent study found that a new national monument could generate $7.4 million in new economic activity each year from visitors and business opportunities while preserving access for sportsmen, ranchers, and recreational users.