From left: Mary Wagner, Associate Chief, U.S. Forest Service, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Harris Sherman, Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment, Butch Blazer, Deputy Under Secretary, Natural Resources and Environment and David Brown, Executive Vice President, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Associate Chief Wagner introduced the speakers at the Chimney Rock National Monument Dedication Celebration held at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. President Barack Obama designated Chimney Rock in the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado as a national monument on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. A move that will help preserve 4,726 acres in southwestern Colorado surrounded by the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The land will be managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service with assistance from local tribes. The site is deeply spiritual to the Pueblo people and other tribes. Chimney Rock was home to the Pueblo People 1,000 years ago and is culturally significant for Native American tribes. USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
April 27, 2014
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