Mary Wagner, Associate Chief, U.S. Forest Service 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 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 29, 2014
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