Board of Supervisors urges citizens to "Celebrate our National Monuments"
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-Last Wednesday, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors proclaimed 2010 as a year to "Celebrate our National Monuments" in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS).
Former President Clinton created the National Landscape Conservation System and designated Grand Canyon-Parashant and Vermilion Cliffs as national monuments 10 years ago to protect their unparalleled geological formations, artifacts more than 10,000 years old, wildlife, and the solitude and remoteness essential to the character of these lands.
"We are grateful for the efforts of the Board to recognize these truly unique and precious landscapes," said Stacey Hamburg, Sierra Club's Grand Canyon Campaign organizer. "Strong protections for Arizona's national monuments are vital to ensure that these awe-inspiring places are here for the enjoyment of future generations."
The board called on all citizens to celebrate and join with local organizations and public land managers throughout the year to protect and restore these unique and fragile lands. The Bureau of Land Management and conservation organizations like Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Wildlands Council will be hosting events throughout the year.
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