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A Victory for the San Juans: Join Us in Thanking President Obama

It's an exciting day for Washington. President Obama just designated the San Juan Islands one of five new National Monuments!

Spanning the nation, each of these beloved sites -- from the Rio Grande del Norte in NM, and the San Juan Islands in Washington state, to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland and the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio -- represent a unique part of the American story.

These new national monuments will protect a diverse set of culturally and historically significant sites for all Americans to explore and enjoy. They'll also generate significant economic opportunities for surrounding local communities.

The new San Juan Islands 1,000-acre monument in our own Washington State has critical nesting habitat for the largest population of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states. It protects stands of old growth forests that line the iconic islands, and magnificent views of whales and seals swimming off shore.That's why we are gathering comments to President Obama for making this one of the five critical places in the nation to be permanently protected as a National Monument under the Antiquities Act. Thank President Obama for protecting the San Juans!

Thanks to your petitions, the hard work of environmental organizations throughout the state, and our decision-makers, we can finally say that the San Juan Islands, a gem of Washington State, will be permanently protected for future generations.This is a huge victory, and we couldn't have done it without President Obama signing this permanent protection into law.

Join us in thanking the President for leading the nation in keeping these beautiful islands pristine.