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Biden expands two California national monuments crucial to tribes

President Biden on Thursday expanded the boundaries of two national monuments in California by nearly 120,000 acres, using his executive authority to protect vast swaths of land of cultural significance to Native American tribes and nearby communities.

During a ceremony in the Oval Office, Biden signed two proclamations enlarging the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, both of which were originally designated by President Barack Obama. The Washington Post first reported last month that the proclamations were imminent.

The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, east of Los Angeles, encompasses roughly 346,000 acres, mostly in the Angeles National Forest. Its trails offer stunning mountain vistas for hikers, mountain bikers and campers. It will grow by 105,919 acres under Biden's plan.


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