President Biden named Camp Hale, a former military training site during World War II, to the United States’ national monument list. Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument is located in Colorado.
The former military training facility shut down in 1965 and has since been used for recreational purposes.
“This action will honor our nation’s veterans, Indigenous people, and their legacy by protecting this Colorado landscape, while supporting jobs and America’s outdoor recreation economy,” the White House said.
The national monument designation protects more than 53,804 acres of landscape that will now be under the management of the U.S. Forest Service, EcoWatch reported.
While the Biden administration restored three National Monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the eastern U.S. coasts, Camp Hale is the first new national monument designated by the president.
“It’s the first new national monument of my presidency under this authority,” Biden said. “When you think about the natural beauty of Colorado and the history of our nation, you find it here.”