Statement: Pres. Biden pledges to designate Avi Kwa Ame National Monument

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Avi Kwa Ame is one of the most ecologically diverse parts of the Mojave Desert

DENVER – At the White House Tribal Nations Tribal Summit, President Joe Biden committed on Wednesday to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a critical desert ecosystem in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, as a national monument. The proposed monument includes habitat for Joshua trees, desert tortoises and desert bighorn sheep. The establishment of the monument would also help reconnect fractured habitats by linking protected areas in California to other protected areas in Nevada.

In response, Environment America Research & Policy Center Public Lands Campaign Director Ellen Montgomery issued the following statement:

“We welcome President Biden’s commitment to designate Avi Kwa Ame National Monument. This is an exciting day for the tribes and the local organizers who have worked to protect this incredible natural area. Our desert ecosystems are particularly sensitive and need safeguards to preserve the biodiversity that depends on them. We urge the president to move swiftly and follow through on his promise by permanently protecting Avi Kwa Ame and its canyons, natural springs and Joshua trees from proposed industrial development that is incompatible with these sacred, ecologically rich lands.”