Antiquities Act of 1906 – National Monuments (THE LAW - Read it HERE) • Designated unilaterally by Presidents • No citizens or elected official involvement • Used in emergencies to protect historic artifacts and sites • Confined to the “smallest areas” necessary
Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, Utah • Designated unilaterally by President Clinton (1996) • Not supported by local stakeholders, Utah Governor, or State officials • Announced with 24 hours advance notice to the Utah Governor • Encompassed 1.9 million acres
Grand Staircase – Unintended Consequences • Managed by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) • Promised “no changes to management guidelines” • Restricted property access for road repair, fence maintenance, etc. • Degraded businesses, grazing, and quality of life • Concluded “officials have deliberately misled the public “
Sometimes the public gets input -many times NOT. More OFTEN than not, the ORIGINAL plans for a National Monument is NOT followed, exceptions continue to morph.
Do YOU want SEDONA and the Verde Valley to be a TEST bed for a totally NEW and untried concept? Encasing a CITY totally INSIDE a National Monument, making the ENTIRE CITY and the residents in INHOLDER?