Bush to Protect Three Areas in Pacific

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Juliet Eilperin

01/06/2009 - President Bush will create three new marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean today, according to his top aides, a move that will help preserve sprawling sea and island ecosystems and cement the one aspect of his legacy that has won praise, sometimes grudgingly, from many environmentalists.

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Joshua S. Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, said Bush "has ushered in a new era of ocean conservation in the United States and the world at large" with his push to protect ecologically valuable marine areas.

"It has taken 137 years, since the creation of America's first national park in Yellowstone in 1872, to recognize that unique areas of the world's oceans deserve the same kind of protection as we have afforded similar places on land," Reichert said. "And none too soon."

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