Why a National Monument is a
Monumental Mistake!

Comments and research by Kristin Monday
Property rights; a national monument is a federal parkland or conservation unit. All
Sedona and VOC homes would be landlocked inside a federal park. Federal parklands are
much more restrictive than US Forest. Case law in the last twenty years shows the
government uses the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution to restrict what you can and
cannot do on your private property, you may be required at any time to perform a NEPA
Study or an EIS Environmental Impact Study; these studies cost between hundreds of
thousands and millions of dollars and take years to perform. You may have any kind of
restriction imposed in your private land if any species of wildlife enters your area; our area
is home to near-endangered animals. The National Monument will have a directive to
protect wildlife and this includes insects. When a park land locks private property those
properties are called "inholders."      

New Layer of Control over private property in addition to county, in the form of
the Local Land Use Program Administration, and the Jurisdictional Inquiry Unit, which
provides advice to landowners and potential project sponsors regarding Agency
jurisdiction, including informal phone advice and written jurisdictional determinations.
Staff help citizens determine if an Agency permit or variance is required. Determinations
often require a full deed history and other legal and factual research. The Jurisdictional
Inquiry Unit also handles referrals from other agencies, telephone calls and walk-in
members of the public.     

More restrictions on public land usage in the federal we currently enjoy:  You
have a right to be in your public land, but being inside a national monument is
a privilege!

You would see a loss of mountain biking trails (99% of our trails were made by bikers) the  
elimination of some trails, inability to create new trails, loss of back country travel in your
vehicle, more roads closures and no new roads, loss of ability to hike with your dog; dogs
may chase wildlife and are mostly unwelcome inside national monuments, unless the
monument is devoid of wildlife like White Sands. Payment of $50 per day fees to take
photos if you are someone who sells any photos; many mom and pop Sedona businesses
do.  Cost to have a wedding inside the national monument, $100 application fee plus:  1 to
10 people = $100 11 to 30 people = $200 31 to 50 people = $300 51 to 75 people = $350 76 to
100 people = $400.  Many locals have their weddings outdoors and many tourists travel
here and have an outdoor wedding.  Currently we only pay for a wedding at a fee site like
Crescent Moon Ranch.  Other monuments state:  
“The privilege of being given the
opportunity to have your wedding at the monument.”
 Right now we have the right
to have weddings and enjoy PURE public land. Monuments are a privilege to be in.  
Get a
PERMIT for your Wedding, the
National Park Service.  ALL NATIONAL
organizations will start buying property in order to sell it back to the federal

Our ranchers lose access to graze cattle as they cannot comply with the new NEPA
requirements.  Cattle keep our grass short to prevent wildfires and supply jobs and food.  

Potential fencing of the monument around us, costing $10,000 per mile.     

Water rights, loss of senior water rights as the monument takes them away from us and
owns the entire watershed and all surface water inside the monument. Arizona has a first
right in use law, instead the federal government will own the water - not you!

HOMELAND SECURITY:  Sedona becomes part of the National Monument Icon
Program as an “asset” needing protection under Homeland Security. This affects the
security of our school system and all the towns inside the monument, requiring further
protection by Homeland Security because National Monuments are targets for Terrorists!  
Why would you want to turn your town into an international target for terrorist

National Monuments and. Icons Sector-Specific Plan. An Annex to the National
Infrastructure Protection Plan. 2010.  Click
HERE to read.

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., is acting as the elected officials for
80,000 residents and they are proud they can step around Congress in order to try and get
their agenda passed.    Using the
Antiquities Act to Turn Sedona into a National Monument
would be an abuse of the Antiquities Act and would result in ongoing litigation until
Congress or the next President over turns it.  This would cost the city and homeowners
millions in legal fees and study costs.     

  The needs of a busy city are incongruent with the restrictions of a national
monument. Some people who study the economic impact of monuments on an area have
stated that, "land locking a monument is not legal;" no one is sure as it has never been
done.  Water, sewer, power, roads, insecticides, herbicides, firefighting all become a point
of contention and may be banned or require EIS and NEPA studies costing millions of
dollars. We will be forced to pay for those studies, even on private land.  

NO new utilities or roads are ever allowed in a national monument; repairs can require
NEPA studies.
required to do the NEPA studies that Congress would do if they declared a national
monument, leaving the local citizens left footing the bill.  

Over one thousand lawsuits have been fought against the federal government and the
plaintiffs always lose to the federal government whether it is the State or a private land
owner. NEPA study lawsuits occur every year and law firms specialize in dealing with
NEPA lawsuits as well.

Monuments are great when they are out in the middle of nowhere, not so
great when you live inside one. Sign the petition below to stop your town from
being turned into a federal park