Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 | 2 a.m.
Regarding the article “Gold Butte designated a national monument” (Las Vegas Sun, Dec. 28):
The author claims that Gold Butte “tipped to the side of environmentalists today,” referring to President Barack Obama’s action in designating Gold Butte a national monument. In truth, it’s a victory for people of various interests, backgrounds and walks of life. For example, the off-highway vehicle community has 500 miles of roads in which to travel, those fascinated by archaeology can experience both the prehistoric and historic past, and Mesquite will see an economic benefit.
Our natural treasures make me proud to be an American, and Gold Butte’s unparalleled solitude, beauty and cultural significance are no exception. Its protection marks the continuation of a great American legacy — a legacy of foresight and respect for places of national significance.
This designation means that the threat of large development in the area will cease permanently. It also means that the area will be better managed to handle the amount of visitation it is already receiving. Thanks to President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid and Congresswoman Dina Titus, Gold Butte will be preserved for all Americans for generations to come.