Mark Udall Issues Statement Supporting National Monument Designation for Chimney Rock as Listening Session Convenes
Mark Udall issued the following statement as members of Colorado's congressional delegation plan to join with the U.S. Forest Service in Pagosa Springs this week to discuss a national monument designation for Chimney Rock.
"A monument designation would provide Chimney Rock - one of the most significant cultural sites managed by the Forest Service - the protection and recognition it deserves," Udall said. "It is my hope that President Obama recognizes not only the merits of protecting this valuable historical site, but also the broad, bipartisan community support for making this site a national monument."
Udall's statement comes as the U.S. Forest Service hosts an informational session in Pagosa Springs on Friday, May 11, on the issue of monument designation for Chimney Rock.
Chimney Rock is located west of Pagosa Springs in southwest Colorado's Archuleta County. The 4,700-acre site is located on San Juan National Forest land and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. A national monument designation would provide increased protection and recognition, and encourage economic development in surrounding communities.
Numerous groups and local leaders, including the Archuleta County Commission and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, have voiced their support for designating Chimney Rock as a national monument.
Udall visited Chimney Rock earlier this month during a trip to southwest Colorado. And last month, Udall joined with Bennet and Tipton in asking President Barack Obama to protect Chimney Rock as a national monument.