PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The federal government is holding a listening session Friday on a proposal to designate the Chimney Rock archaeological area in southwest Colorado as a national monument.
The designation would allow federal protection without congressional approval.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Scott Tipton, both of Colorado, are among those joining U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Harris Sherman for the listening session in Pagosa Springs. Tipton introduced a House bill to make Chimney Rock a national monument, and Bennet and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado sponsored the proposal in the Senate.
Chimney Rock lies on 4,100 acres of the San Juan National Forest and is surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Ancestors of modern Pueblo Indians lived there 1,000 years ago.
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