PUSH FOR NEW DEAL TO PROTECT PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT

14 Jan 2013 3:12 PM | Anonymous

PUSH FOR NEW DEAL TO PROTECT PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT

Congressional Research Service Finds Albuquerque Cannot Trump Park Standards


Albuquerque undefined With the agreement for managing Petroglyph National Monument set to soon expire, the degree of protection for its priceless rock art is the major bone of contention. Congressional lawyers have concluded that the federal responsibility for safeguarding the estimated 22,000 petroglyphs cannot be contravened by the City of Albuquerque, according to an opinion posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

The rich trove of cultural and natural resources within Petroglyph National Monument, which curves 17 miles along Albuquerque’s western horizon, is threatened by the inability of the City and the National Park Service (NPS) to cooperatively manage the two-thirds of the Monument on City-owned land which, due to cutbacks, is left largely unpatrolled. As a result, these lands have been plagued by vandalism, trash dumping and degradation from a variety of sources, such as off-road racing scars

 

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