President Trump has just signed the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which included a provision on the re-designation of White Sands in New Mexico. White Sands becomes the 62nd National Park in the United States.
Established by President Herbert Hoover to preserve the White Sands as a National Monument back in 1933. The area is the world’s largest gypsum dunefield covers more than 275 square miles and has the world’s largest collection of Ice Age fossil footprints.
Over 600,000 visitors in 2017 generated over $31m income for the local economy and this meant that it was the most visited park service in New Mexico.
The U.S Army operates an adjacent missile range and the new federal legislation includes provisions for a land exchange between White Sands and the Army.
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