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Obama Gives California Deserts Monument Status

President Barack Obama has designated more than 7,300 square kilometers of southern California desert for three national monuments. White House officials say the move will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as will as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others. What will be named Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains are both in the Mojave Desert, and Sand to Snow is in the Sonoran Desert. The 6,500 square...

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