The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Conservation Lands Foundation applaud President Obamas designation of the Basin and Range National Monument in central Nevada. At a time when Americas open spaces are rapidly disappearing, it is encouraging to see President Obama set aside some of Nevadas most scenic mountains and valleys as the Basin and Range National Monument. This area is like no place else on earth, said Brian ODonnell, executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. With its unspoiled vistas, petroglyphs, and wildlife habitat, the Basin and Range National Monument is an ideal addition to our National Conservation Lands. The designation of the Basin and Range National Monument, located about 150 miles north of Las Vegas, protects uniquely American history and culture.