President Obama is invoking the Antiquities Act to designate Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, encompassing a series of underwater canyons and seamounts (inactive, submerged volcanoes jutting from the ocean floor).
Known as the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, the Obama administration’s proposal will protect 4.2 million acres of wild and vulnerable public land while setting aside specific areas for clean energy development.
President Obama's expansion of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument more than quadruples the size of the monument off the coast of Hawaii, about two years after President Obama similarly expanded Pacific Remote Islands National Monument using the Antiquities Act.
In recent years, Utah's Bears Ears region has been under relentless assault. According to some estimates, there have been dozens of cases of looting, vandalism or "disturbance of human remains" in the area since the year 2011.