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  • Supervisors issue support for Ironwood Forest National Monument

    May 17, 2017 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors, at the May 16 regular meeting, voted 3 to 2 to approve a resolution in support of retaining the 1906 Antiquities Act.  

    ironwoodThe resolution was in response to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s intention to collect public comment from local communities potentially affected by a review of designations made under the Antiquities Act that President Donald Trump ordered. 

    In an executive order issued on April 26, President Trump ordered a review National Monuments designated or expanded under the Antiquities Act of 1906. 

    The resolution reaffirms Pima County’s commitment to Ironwood Forest National Monument and its continued status as a national monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management. 

    President Bill Clinton in 2000 signed a Proclamation declaring the establishment of the Ironwood Forest National Monument under authority authorized in the Antiquities Act of 1906. 

    The designation followed previous Board of Supervisors actions to preserve unique natural spaces around Pima County, including the adoption of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan in 1998. 

    “Ironwood Forest National Monument and the hundreds of other national monuments our presidents have created under the 1906 Antiquities Act are natural treasures we all enjoy and appreciate,” Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías said. “They provide much-needed protection for special places so people can visit them and so their rare and unique animal and plant species can thrive. We cannot allow them to be sold off to the highest bidders for destructive exploitation of their resources.”

    The Ironwood National Forest Monument covers more than 188,000 acres west of the Tucson metro area. The area supports a wide variety of wildlife species unique to the Sonoran Desert and is the location of numerous ongoing scientific research projects. 

    Ironwood National Forest Monument also is a popular location for camping, hiking and other outdoor recreational activities. 

    Text of the Resolution can be found here.
     
    More information about the U.S. Department of the Interior plan to review the Antiquities Act of 1906 and information about how to submit comments can be found here


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