In expansion of protected land, Reid’s conservation legacy nears 5 million acres

This graphic has been updated to reflect the president’s land designation.

With a declaration Friday, President Obama expanded upon the nearly 4 million acres of protected areas that have been designated since Sen. Harry M. Reid came into office in 1982. The Basin and Range National Monument, more than 700,000 acres of land in central Nevada, will be off limits to development.

Story: Reid leaving an indelible mark in the Nevada desert

Sources: Bureau of Land Management, Conservation Lands Foundation,GeoHydros, USForest Service | Brooks Mershon/The Washington Post July 7, 2015
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