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Discover Agua Fria National Monument   

Great intro to Agua Fria National Monument by BLM Arizona.

Coal Valley Overnighter

Some pics from an overnighter to Coal Valley in the new Basin and Range National Monument. Coal Valley is in Central Nevada, north of Alamo, between the Seaman and Golden Gate ranges. 

Basin and Range Map

Our goal for the day is this formation on the north side of the valley. Home to...

Trout Rock in Coal Valley

...this natural arch. The hole looks unnaturally round, don't you think?

Natural Arch in Coal Valley

At a higher elevation than Vegas and monsoon weather blowing up just to the south the evening sky was dramatic, the evening cool and breezy. Critters were heard all evening scrambling around our area, just out of lamplight range. A nice relaxing quick getaway. 

Coal Valley Campsite

If you want to learn more about this area Jim Boone has this area covered on his Bird and Hike website.  

Civilizations Change

I love videos like this. Not sure how accurate it is, and can't read the labels, but captions provide english tags for many major empires. The music is Rada by Thomas Bergersen. Great to have playing while doing things like driving or brushing your teeth.

Basin and Range National Monument is a thing   

President Obama did what everyone thought he would do and invoke the Antiquities Act to create 3 new National Monuments, including Basin and Range. Some people are happy.

I applaud President Obama for preserving the beauty of the Nevada desert for generations to come.

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) July 10, 2015

Some people...less so.

Harry Reid's conservation legacy   

The graphic in the article is enlightening, all of the acreage set aside for protection is a drop in the bucket compared to the state's total acreage. There's room for conservation in Nevada alongside other more commercial & industrial endeavors.

When Reid first took office in 1982, his home state had less than 67,000 acres of federally protected wilderness. It now has nearly 3.4 million acres, all of which he brokered, along with 600,000 acres of other protected areas.