26 Aug '16, 8pm

Great conservation news! @potus just created the largest protected area in the world.

Great conservation news! @potus just created the largest protected area in the world.

In another big move during the week of the National Park Service centennial, this morning President Obama created the largest protected area on Earth by expanding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off Hawaii to 582, 578 square miles. The expansion more than quadruples the area of the national monument, which is now protected from commercial fishing and mineral extraction. The waters and the islands of the national monument are an important part of Hawaiian culture and home to a variety of species, ranging from threatened green sea turtles to endangered Hawaiian monk seals to long-lived black coral. “The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the most diverse and threatened ecosystems on the planet and a sacred place for the Native Hawaiian community,” Secretary Jewell said in a statement . “President Obama’s expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine ...

Full article: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-4-july-august/presi...

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