Bush to Create Three Marine Monuments

Publication: The Los Angeles Times

Author: Kenneth R. Weiss

01/06/2009 - President Bush will create three national monuments in the Pacific Ocean today, protecting waters near U.S.-controlled islands that contain some of the world's richest diversity of corals, fish and other sea life as well as unusual geological formations in the deepest undersea trench.

With the stroke of a pen this afternoon, Bush will have set aside more square miles of ocean for protection than any other political leader in history.

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Joshua S. Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environmental Group, called Bush's decision a historic moment—coming 137 years after the U.S. turned Yellowstone into its first national park.

"It's taken us 137 years to look at the world's marine environment in a similar way that we look at land," Reichert said. Bush's decision, he said, sends a message to the next president that more care needs to be taken to conserve oceans. "It sends a message to the rest of the world that these treasures deserve protection."

Read the full article Bush to Create Three Marine Monuments on the Los Angeles Times' Web site.

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