After much discussion, a proposal is being floated to rename Colorado National Monument as Rim Rock Canyons National Park.
U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Congressman Scott Tipton unveiled the bipartisan proposal Tuesday following their "years-long discussion with Mesa County residents, businesses and leaders."
The community-driven recommendations, developed by a committee the lawmakers assembled in June 2013, reflect local residents and stakeholders' concerns and interests about a possible redesignation.
"From Colorado's earliest days, when John Otto first proposed making the Colorado National Monument a park, through today, Mesa County has discussed making these iconic red rock canyons a national park," said Sen. Udall, chairman of the Senate National Parks Subcommittee. "I strongly urge local residents, businesses and stakeholders to study this proposal and provide us feedback. This step will hopefully provide us with a bipartisan, common-sense way forward to honor John Otto's original vision for the Colorado National Monument."
Rep. Tipton, in a joint release with Sen. Udall, said before legislation is drafted to push through the designation change, there must be clear community support for it.
"I look forward to the community's comments and ideas on the committee's recommendations, and will take them into careful consideration as we determine what's next," said the representative.
According to the politicians, a redesignation of Colorado National Monument would not require any change in rights-of-way, water rights, air quality designations, buffer zones, or park boundaries.