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The Department of the Interior Takes Over the White House Instagram

To celebrate President Obama's designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, the Department of the Interior is taking over the White House Instagram to share some their favorite photos of America’s public lands. Follow along at Instagram.com/WhiteHouse

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  1. Today, @USInterior is taking over the account to celebrate President Obama's designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument this afternoon. By establishing this monument, the President will permanently protect nearly 500,000 acres in south-central New Mexico for the benefit of all Americans. The new national monument won't just preserve our natural lands for future generations, it'll help grow the economy and create jobs. A recent independent study found that a new national monument could generate $7.4 million in new economic activity each year from visitors and business opportunities while preserving access for sportsmen, ranchers, and recreational users.
    Today, @USInterior is taking over the account to celebrate President Obama's designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument this afternoon. By establishing this monument, the President will permanently protect nearly 500,000 acres in south-central New Mexico for the benefit of all Americans. The new national monument won't just preserve our natural lands for future generations, it'll help grow the economy and create jobs. A recent independent study found that a new national monument could generate $7.4 million in new economic activity each year from visitors and business opportunities while preserving access for sportsmen, ranchers, and recreational users.
  2. Yosemite: Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. First protected in 1864, @YosemiteNPS is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Visitors to Yosemite generated more than $378 million in economic activity and supported 5,162 jobs in 2012. (Photo via Ethan Killian, @USInterior.)
    Yosemite: Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. First protected in 1864, @YosemiteNPS is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Visitors to Yosemite generated more than $378 million in economic activity and supported 5,162 jobs in 2012. (Photo via Ethan Killian, @USInterior.)
  3. Great news: President Obama just designated Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument-protecting 500,000 acres in South-Central New Mexico for future generations. #MonumentsMatter
    Great news: President Obama just designated Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument-protecting 500,000 acres in South-Central New Mexico for future generations. #MonumentsMatter
  4. Thanks for following along yesterday as we celebrated President Obama's designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Here's a shot of Mount Rainier to brighten your morning. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier's lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park's ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits. Visitors to Mount Rainier generated $36,843,100 in economic activity in 2012. (Photo via Danny Seidman, @USInterior)
    Thanks for following along yesterday as we celebrated President Obama's designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Here's a shot of Mount Rainier to brighten your morning. Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous United States, spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier's lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park's ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits. Visitors to Mount Rainier generated $36,843,100 in economic activity in 2012. (Photo via Danny Seidman, @USInterior)
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