Target: President Obama
Goal: Applaud President Obama for making Colorado’s Chimney Rock a national monument
In September, President Obama signed a proclamation that established Pagosa Springs, Colorado’s Chimney Rock as a national monument. The President’s decision will protect this important historic location for generations to come.
The Chimney Rock rock formation was originally home to ancestors of the Pueblo Indians. These ancient Puebloan farmers constructed houses and ceremonial buildings in the area above the valley floor in order to be situated near the twin spires. Because of this, Chimney Rock remains a place of spiritual and cultural importance to modern Pueblo Indians, and is still used in traditional practices.
President Obama’s proclamation will preserve 5,000 acres of desert land in the area, and according to a National Trust for Historic Preservation study, it is expected that the new monument will have a positive effect on the local economy.
Chimney Rock is the third national monument the President has designated during his term. Sign this petition to thank President Obama for thinking of the Pueblo Indians and preserving an important historical location for years to come.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Earlier this year you signed a proclamation designating Chimney Rock as a national monument. By doing so, you ensured the preservation of a place that is both spiritually and culturally important to the modern Pueblo Indians.
The area already receives large amounts of interest from tourists. The new Chimney Rock National Monument will likely increase tourism, and thereby have a positive impact on the area’s economy. The National Trust for Historic Preservation says the site’s economic impact could double within the next few years.
Thank you for your dedication to preserving important and historical landscapes, including the two National Monuments you designated in the past. Chimney Rock National Monument will now be protected and enjoyed by the public for years to come. Please continue to protect our nation’s important public lands.
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