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The immensity of man’s power to destroy imposes a responsibility to preserve. — U.S. Congressman John F. Lacey, 1901

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is one of 22 US National Monuments on the chopping block by Trump. Official Comment Deadline for them is today, July 10th, at 11.59 pm ET: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOI-2017-0002-0001 It can be anonymous and is easy. There are at least 5 Marine National Monuments threatened as well.

Please feel free to pester your Members of Congress and continue to pester Sec. of Interior Zinke even after the deadline.

Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying the ‘the game belongs to the people.’ So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people. The ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.– President Theodore Roosevelt, 1916

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is managed as an integral cultural landscape, containing historic and environmental resources. Humans have been a part of this particular landscape for at least 10,000 years. The Monument invites visitors to travel back in time to learn about Ancestral Puebloan culture and the area’s fragile resources. Exhibits, films and special programs interpret the history and culture of the Ancestral Puebloan people, the Monument, Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway, and the Four Corners region. Other highlighted features include Lowry Pueblo, Painted Hand Pueblo and Sand Canyon Pueblo.” https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/NLCS/CanyonsNM.html


History and Intent of the Proclamation for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument By Kristina L. Woodall

Canyons of the Ancients—A Monumental Legacy

Setting and Overview

Interwoven with the soils and the ruggedly textured landscape of what is now southwestern Colorado is the cultural legacy of the Ancestral Pueblo people that lived here for centuries. In testimony to these ancient people, to their modern descendants and to the archaeological significance of this landscape, President William J. Clinton designated 164,000 acres as the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. On June 9, 2000, under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906, President Clinton issued Proclamation 7317 (Appendix A).

In 2000, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (the Monument) also became part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), a system consisting of the crown jewels of the West. In recognition of its status as a national monument, and as an invaluable part of the National Landscape Conservation System, the BLM will manage the Monument in strict accordance with, first and foremost, the provisions of the Proclamation ―so as not to create any new impacts that interfere with the proper care and management of the objects protected by this proclamation” and for the enduring benefit of all Americans.

Proclamation Intent—Protection and Preservation in Context

The cultural, historic, natural, geological, and archaeological scientific objects of the Monument are woven together in the majestic landscape that is the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. The intent of the Proclamation that established the Monument is to protect and preserve, for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans, these uniquely rich and irreplaceable objects of the Monument. And, just as the full significance and enduring value of these objects are best when considered in their context, so is the Proclamation (and its intent) best when considered within the historical context of the social and political landscape.

In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, a progressive movement extolling the responsibilities of a centralized government over the assets of the nation, and a conservation movement deeply concerned about the endangered prehistoric ruins of the American Southwest, combined and called for the Federal government to protect the best of the West. The collective consciousness of the American people, and their representative government, shifted from that of settling and developing every square inch of public lands for the benefit of individuals, local communities, and commodity-based businesses to that of setting aside spectacular untouched lands for the benefit of all Americans before their unique and irreplaceable values were forever lost (McManamon 2000; Nash 1982; Rothman 1989). . . .
Read the rest here: https://web.archive.org/web/20141123010700/http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/co/nm/canm/CANM_Documents.Par.77038.File.dat/History_and_Intent.pdf (BLM appears to have removed original.)

Ruined tower, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, BLM Colorado. Hovenweep style Painted Hand Pueblo, Great Pueblo period: AD 1100 to 1300 Source http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/post/149982094067/happy-labor-day-enjoy-your-beautiful-public Author Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.