Protecting Public Lands & Waters

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President Obama has permanently protected more land and water than any president in history.

By designating or expanding 34 national monuments, President Obama has both provided permanent protection for at-risk land and ocean areas as well as expanded the diversity of our system of public lands by protecting historic and cultural sites that tell the full story of America.

Key Highlights:

  • Protected more land and water than any administration in history – more than 548 million acres – and designated more national monuments than any other president.
  • Created the first-ever marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean and the largest marine national monument in the world – the Papahanaumokuakea National Marine Monument.
  • Protected places that are culturally and historically significant and that reflect the story of all Americans, such as the Stonewall National Monument honoring an important moment in the struggle for LGBT rights and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.
  • Launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative, providing all fourth grade students and their families free admission to every national park. This will inspire the next generation of Americans – which is more urbanized and spends more time than ever in front of screens instead of outdoors – to discover all that America’s majestic public lands have to offer.
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National monuments designated or expanded by President Obama.