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2012 O c t O b e r #3-9
Chimney Rock Elevated
To National Monument Status
National Monument Will Honor
ruins built by the Ancestral Pueb-
Native American Culture, Gen-
lo People about 1,000 years ago,
erate Tourism and Economic
including the highest elevation
ceremonial "great house" in the
Benefits for Local Economy
WASHINGTON, DC- On septem-
Southwest. Notably, every 18.6
years, during the northern lunar
ber 21, President Obama signed a
proclamation establishing Chim-
standstill, the moonrise is aligned
ney Rock as a National Monu-
with the site's two rock pinnacles,
ment. Chimney Rock, located in
as well as during the summer and
the San Juan National Forest in
winter solstices, and the fall and
spring equinoxes. Descendants
southwestern Colorado, offers a
spectacular landscape rich in his-
of the Ancestral Pueblo People
tory and Native American cul-
return to Chimney Rock to visit
their ancestors and for other spiri-
ture. The designation was made
under the Antiquities Act with bi-partisan support from Colorado
tual and traditional purposes.
officials, the Native American community, local businesses and other
Chimney Rock is the third National Monument designated by Presi-
stakeholders.
dent Obama using the Antiquities Act. He previously designated Fort
"Chimney Rock draws thousands of visitors who seek out its rich cul-
Monroe National Monument in Virginia, a former Army post integral
tural and recreational opportunities," said President Obama. "Today's
to the history of slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S. military, and Fort
designation will ensure this important and historic site will receive
Ord National Monument in California, a former military base that is a
the protection it deserves."
world-class destination for outdoor recreation. First exercised by Pres-
"Thousands of people come every year to experience the cultural, and
ident Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 to designate Devils Tower National
spiritual significance of Chimney Rock," said Agriculture Secretary
Monument in Wyoming, the authority of the Antiquities Act has been
Tom Vilsack. "With President Obama's action and the strong support
used by 16 presidents since 1906 to protect unique natural and historic
of the Native American community and others throughout the region,
features in America, such as the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty,
this new monument will bring new economic opportunity to Archul-
and Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients.
eta County and the Four Corners region as more visitors from around
The designation of Chimney Rock National Monument builds on
the world come to see this national treasure."
President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, which fosters
The 4,726 acre Chimney Rock National Monument will be managed
a 21st century approach to conservation that responds to the priorities
by the USDA Forest Service, the seventh National Monument man-
of the American people. During the past three years, USDA's conser-
aged by the agency, in close collaboration with tribal, community,
vation agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conser-
state, and Federal partners.
vation Service, and the Farm Service Agency, have worked with more
Today, Chimney Rock is one of the best recognized and most unique
than half a million farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to enroll
archaeological resources in North America, home to hundreds of
record acres in conservation programs.
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