Here’s every piece of land Obama has put under protection during his presidency

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr

On December 28, President Barack Obama created two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, furthering the administration’s environmental legacy before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

The new monuments, Bears Ears and Gold Butte, cover over 1.5 million acres of land, which brings the total land Obama has protected during his presidency to more than 550 million acres – more than double the amount that the well-known conservationist Theodore Roosevelt did.

Throughout his time in office, Obama has used the Antiquities Act, which Roosevelt signed into law in 1906, to set aside public land for conservation. His efforts have been largely applauded by environmentalists but criticized by some conservatives for placing too much land under federal control.

The vast majority of Obama’s addition to the nation’s protected acreage, however, is water – the president created and expanded several massive marine national monuments in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans (not to mention his recent ban on Arctic drilling).

This week’s two new monuments bring Obama’s total to 29. Some include sites of significance to Native Americans (like Chimney Rock in Colorado and Bears Ears in Utah), some have historic importance to oppressed groups (like the Stonewall Inn in New York and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland), and others are simply beautiful pieces of American land.

Here’s the full list, in reverse chronological order.


Bears Ears National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: Utah

Size: 1.35 million acres

Date of proclamation: December 28, 2016


Gold Butte National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: Nevada

Size: 300,000 acres

Date of proclamation: Dec 28, 2016


Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

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NOAA Photo Library/Flickr

Location: Marine waters off the coast of New England

Size: 4,913 square miles

Date of proclamation: September 15, 2016


Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

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NOAA Photo Library/Flickr

Location: Marine waters near the Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Size: 582,578 square miles – the world’s largest marine protected area. (The original monument was created in 2006 by President George W. Bush. Obama expanded the protected territory by 442,781 square miles.)

Date of proclamation: August 26, 2016


Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

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U.S. Department of the Interior/Flickr

Location: Maine

Size: 87,500 acres

Date of proclamation: August 24, 2016


Stonewall National Monument

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REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Location: New York City

Size: 0.12 acres

Date of proclamation: June 24, 2016


Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

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Wikimedia Commons

Location: Washington, DC

Size: 0.34 acres

Date of proclamation: April 12, 2016


Mojave Trails National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: California

Size: 1.6 million acres (including 400,000 acres of wilderness previously designated by Congress)

Date of proclamation: February 12, 2016


Sand to Snow National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: California

Size: 154,000 acres (including 100,000 acres of wilderness previously designated by Congress)

Date of proclamation: February 12, 2016


Castle Mountains National Monument

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Wikimedia Commons

Location: California

Size: 20,920 acres

Date of proclamation: February 12, 2016


Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

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blmcalifornia/Flickr

Location: California

Size: 331,000 acres

Date of proclamation: July 10, 2015


Waco Mammoth National Monument

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US Department of the Interior/Flickr

Location: Texas

Size: 5 acres

Date of proclamation: July 10, 2015


Basin and Range National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: Nevada

Size: 704,000 acres

Date of proclamation: July 10, 2015


Honouliuli National Monument

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US Department of the Interior/Flickr

Location: Hawaii

Size: 123 acres

Date of proclamation: February 24, 2015


Pullman National Monument

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Andrew Nelles/Reuters

Location: Chicago

Size: 0.24 acres

Date of proclamation: February 19, 2015


Browns Canyon National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: Colorado

Size: 21,586 acres

Date of proclamation: February 19, 2015


San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

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NancyI’mgonnaSNAP/Flickr

Location: California

Size: 346,177 acres

Date of proclamation: October 10, 2014


Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr

Location: Marine waters west of Hawaii

Size: 308,316 square nautical miles

Date of proclamation: Obama established the monument on January 6, 2009, and expanded it on September 25, 2014


Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

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PROBureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: New Mexico

Size: 496,330 acres

Date of proclamation: May 21, 2014


California Coastal National Monument

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blmcalifornia/Flickr

Location: California

Size: The monument was expanded to include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, which added 1,665 additional acres

Date of proclamation: Bill Clinton established the monument in 2000, and Obama expanded it on March 11, 2014


First State National Monument

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Ken Lund/Flickr

Location: Delaware

Size: 1,108 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013


Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument

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Ted Eytan/Flickr

Location: Maryland

Size: 11,750 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013


Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

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US Department of the Interior/Flickr

Location: Ohio

Size: 59 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013


Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: New Mexico

Size: 242,555 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013


San Juan Islands National Monument

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Flickr / Lee LeFever

Location: Islands off the coast of Washington

Size: 970 acres

Date of proclamation: March 25, 2013


Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

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Larry Downing/Reuters

Location: California

Size: 10.5 acres

Date of proclamation: October 8, 2012


Chimney Rock National Monument

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PROU.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

Location: Colorado

Size: 4,726 acres

Date of proclamation: September 21, 2012


Fort Ord National Monument

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Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Location: California

Size: 14,651 acres

Date of proclamation: April 20, 2012


Fort Monroe National Monument

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Ken Lund/Flickr

Location: Virginia

Size: 325 acres

Date of proclamation: November 1, 2011