CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS SAFE FROM REVIEW
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