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Forest Service to host open house for Chimney Rock National Monument Management Plan

By Ann Bond
Special to The SUN

The San Juan National Forest invites the public to attend an open house on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall to begin the management planning effort for Chimney Rock National Monument.

Chimney Rock, located on the San Juan National Forest between Pagosa Springs and Durango in southwest Colorado, was designated as a national monument by Presidential Proclamation on Sept. 21, 2012.  Chimney Rock National Monument includes nationally significant archeology, archaeo-astronomy, visual and landscape characteristics, geological and biological features, as well as objects of deep cultural and educational value.

Over the next two years, the Forest Service, with input from tribes, local government and the public, will embark on development of a management plan to ensure that the public lands and resources administered by the Forest Service at the monument are managed in accordance with the intent of the Presidential Proclamation, as well as all applicable laws, policies and guidelines.

At the Oct. 3 open house, Pagosa District Ranger Kevin Khung will give a brief presentation on the proclamation and the process for creating the management plan.  Following this presentation, members of the public will be able to visit with Forest Service staff, ask questions, and are encouraged to provide input into potential management options to be considered for the management plan.  Members of the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA), a non-profit organization that offers interpretive programs at Chimney Rock, will also be available to provide information.

For more information on Chimney Rock National Monument, visit www.chimneyrockco.org or view the proclamation at www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan.

This story was posted on September 19, 2013.