Bears Ears and Gold Butte: Obama creates two nature preserves

Source: BBC

President Barack Obama has unilaterally designated two new “national monument” nature preserves in the western US states of Nevada and Utah.

The Bears Ears National Monument and the Gold Butte National Monument will protect areas rich in Native American artefacts from energy drilling.

Some Republicans in those states are opposed to the move and say it amounts to a federal land-grab.

It comes as Mr Obama attempts to secure his environmental legacy.

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