PETROGLYPH MONUMENT IMPERILED BY JURISDICTIONAL IMPASSE — Ancient Rock Art in No-Man-Zones Vulnerable to Vandalism and Degradation

07 Jun 2012 11:50 AM | Anonymous

PETROGLYPH MONUMENT IMPERILED BY JURISDICTIONAL IMPASSE undefined Ancient Rock Art in No-Man-Zones Vulnerable to Vandalism and Degradation

Albuquerque undefined The Petroglyph National Monument is a major asset for the City of Albuquerque and New Mexico but its rich trove of cultural and natural resources is threatened by the inability of the City and the National Park Service (NPS) to cooperatively manage the two-thirds of the monument that is City-owned land, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  As a result, there are no consistent management standards or patrols protecting the invaluable rock art for which the Monument was created.   

Petroglyph National Monument curves 17 miles along Albuquerque’s western horizon, containing an estimated 22,000 petroglyphs.  Its urban proximity is both a charm and a curse, as its rock art, wildlife and open land are especially susceptible to human impacts, ranging from vandalism to illegal dumping.  Some of the City’s areas still bear extensive off-road racing scars.

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