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Congressman Paul A. Gosar, after holding a “Government Land Grabs: Exposing The Truth” Public Listening Session in Kingman to
hear testimony from more than 20 Arizona witnesses on the need to reform the Antiquities Act and the negative impacts that would result
should President Obama appease special-interest groups by unilaterally locking up 1.7 million acres in the Grand Canyon Watershed
through the creation of a new national monument under presidential proclamation: “Today, we heard resounding testimony from small
business owners, sportsmen, farmers, ranchers, elected officials and many other stakeholders who adamantly oppose another massive
land grab from the Obama Administration. Our witnesses made clear that countless Arizonans reject using the Antiquities Act to create a
new 1.7 million acre national monument in a watershed,” said Gosar. “Substantive testimony confirmed that this misguided special-
interest proposal will kill jobs, prevent mining, retire grazing permits, close roads to OHV users, reduce access for sportsmen, steal water
rights and harm 4FRI. I call on the White House to listen to the people of Arizona and reject this misguided land grab put forth by
environmental extremists with an agenda.”

Arizona Game and Fish Commission Chairman Kurt R. Davis testified: “Arizona has had enough public land that have seen
declining access; declining ability to manage wildlife and declining ability to maintain the heritage and history of those who came to
Arizona to build families and lives in rural Arizona. Arizonans have witnessed massive and cataclysmic wild fires across our federal lands
over the past two decades because of a lack of proactive habitat management. This unfortunately, will be the destiny of the North Kaibab
if a monument is established. Simply and sadly stated, the President is being asked to use the stroke of a pen, but it will also certainly
serve as the strike of the match.”

Congressman Trent Franks submitted testimony stating, “The ability of the Arizonans to enjoy the responsible use of their public
land must be respected, as must the primacy of state agencies to manage the land under their authority. A unilateral designation of the
Grand Canyon Watershed as a National Monument would erode the extensive work that federal and state land agencies have done to
successfully manage this land.”

Jim Parks, President of the Coconino County Farm Bureau and Cattle Growers Association (on behalf of the Arizona Farm
Bureau), testified, “Within the bounds of the proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument are over 64,000 acres of Arizona
State Trust lands and almost 28,000 acres of private land. This alone violates federal and state laws, as it amounts to a ‘taking’ of these
state and private lands.”


Eric Duthie, Town Manager of the Town of Tusayan, testified, “Tusayan would become the only municipality entirely swallowed up in
this monument…Tusayan strongly opposes the establishment of the Grand Canyon Watershed Monument, whether through
Congressional decree or Executive Order. Tusayan believes such action would constitute federal overreach in order to appease special-
interest groups who do not live among, nor represent the views of the many life-long residents who cherish and manage the Grand
Canyon.”  


Kelly Shaw-Norton, President of the Arizona Mining Association, testified, “The Antiquities Act was intended as a tool to set aside
‘the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.’ It was not meant to be used for
expansive amounts of land without public input and Congressional approval.”

AZ state officials opposing the monument designation: Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Former U.S. Senator Jon
Kyl, Arizona State Land Commissioner Lisa Atkins, Speaker of the House David Gowan, Senate President Andy Biggs, State Sens Gail
Griffin, Sylvia Allen, and Steve Pierce, Apache County Supervisor Barry Weller, Pinal County Supervisors Cheryl Chase, Stephen Miller
and Anthony Smith, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, La Paz County Supervisor King Clapperton, the five-member Arizona
Game and Fish Commission and 10 former commissioners. In addition, Resolutions opposing the monument passed in the Arizona State
House and State Senate
U.S. Representative Gosar hosts Public Listening Session
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