CANYONS OF THE AN­CIENTS SAFE FROM RE­VIEW

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

Colorado’s Canyons of the An­cients Na­tional Mon­u­ment is no longer un­der re­view by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In­te­rior Secretary Ryan Zinke an­nounced Fri­day that he will rec­om­mend no changes to the south­ern Colorado mon­u­ment, fol­low­ing through on his prom­ise in June to U.S. Sen. Cory Gar­dener.

“The his­tory at this site spans thou­sands of years, and the fed­eral pro­tec­tion of these ob­jects and his­tory will help us pre­serve this site for a thou­sand more years,” Zinke wrote.

The mon­u­ment was listed for pos­si­ble pri­va­ti­za­tion af­ter Pres­i­dent Donald Trump is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive or­der that re­quired the secretary to re­view any na­tional mon­u­ment span­ning more than 100,000 acres.

Canyons of the An­cients cov­ers 178,000 acres. It was the only Colorado mon­u­ment un­der re­view.

State of­fi­cials did not ex­pect the mon­u­ment, which is home to more than 6,000 An­ces­tral Pue­bloan cliff dwellings, ki­vas and rock paint­ings, to be on the list for re­view due to a lack of con­tro­versy.

The des­ig­na­tion as a na­tional mon­u­ment still al­lows graz­ing and oil and gas de­vel­op­ment in se­lect ar­eas, and since 2000, per­sonal in­come in its home county in­creased 20 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to re­search by a non­par­ti­san Head­wa­ters Eco­nom­ics group. — Erin

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