Opposition to the Red Rock National Monument

Arizona Liberty

Arizona Liberty OPPOSES the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock NATIONAL MONUMENT of 160,000 
acres surrounding the city of Sedona, The Village of Oak Creek (Sedona) and the State Parks 
that are within this area.

Vote NO – Sign the Petition

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Video presentation by Dwight Kadar and Mike Schroeder
of Arizona Liberty – in column on the right, watch Item 8B (Part 2)

Arizona Liberty Call To Action
State and federal elected officials’ contact info on this page

Sign the MoveOn.org Petition

The top 10 reasons we oppose the Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument designation:

1. National monument designations attract additional visitors and Sedona is already saturated with more visitors than roads can handle, especially Highway #179 and Oak Creek Canyon.

2. Increased use of roads, sewer, lack of parking, and traffic in residential neighborhoods will mean more maintenance costs. The federal government is not going to help out with these kinds of expenses. They are on private land.

3. This is not a legitimate public process and ‘Keep Sedona Beautiful’ has no authority to run a public process on management of federal lands.

4. KSB is attempting to fast track their proclamation past the Verde Valley/Sedona Community delivering it directly to the President’s desk hoping it will be included in the end-of-term New Monuments.

5. The public does not have enough information to make an informed decision. Our community needs more than a few short weeks to study the UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.

6. Within the proposed boundaries all cities and towns will become private inholdings. What are the consequences to over 16,000 residents?

7. What will be the impact to the 80,000 residents of the Sedona/Verde Valley? The NM designation could cause property values to rise and bring added costs which may push families out of the area.

8. Federal reserved water rights (obtained by designating NM) are immune from state water laws. In order to retain our water rights, that has to be put into the management plan, which we know takes about three years and several thousand dollars to implement. Some of the head waters that form the Oak Creek, Beaver Creek, and Verde River are all on this monument land.

9. Competing with all other National Monuments for possible available funds and grants is not a sound plan. That is the money source KSB is depending on to bring in the revenue that gated entrances generally do for National Monuments. The last few National Monuments have not received any funding.

10. The proposed monument will control EVERY access point IN and OUT of Sedona.


The National Monument Designation Downside

Part 1. Is there a National Monument designation downside?

Sedona AZ (August 12, 2015) – Is there a National Monument designation downside?

twinsYou won’t find the answers at the Keep Sedona Beautiful website!

This is what we’re told at the Keep Sedona Beautiful website: “Incredibly, no permanent protections are in place for this incomparable national treasure.

The Monument will help protect our trails, soils, riparian habitat and watershed. With millions of visitors each year the forest is being loved to death. The environment we all cherish is being used at such high rates that issues such as trail maintenance and protection of riparian habitat are not being accomplished at a level that will preserve these resources.”

This writer, then, must ask…”What moral thinking person could genuinely disagree?”

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Part 2.

Sedona AZ (August 15, 2015) – We left off in Part I with an investigation into the quality, reliability, and integrity of the stewardship of national resource assets of the various interlocking federal agencies charged with the responsibility for management of our national scenic treasures, monuments, valuable lands and underground resources not to mention the semi-autonomous governments of our Native American nations. Progressive liberals and advocates for ever-increasing expansion of federal powers, concurrent with the simultaneous diminution of state’s Constitutional Tenth Amendment rights, always take the polemical posture that all these federal agencies work independently rather than in concert.

They don’t and they never have.

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Sedona Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument Proponents Mislead Public

Sedona AZ (September 1, 2015) – Keep Sedona Beautiful, the Sierra Club, the Monument Workgroup, Tom O’Halleran, U.S. Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, Sedona’s last Mayor, a former Councilor now running for our School Board, Sedonadotbiz, and the current City Council proponents of the Sedona-Verde Valley Red Rock National Monument (“SVVRRNM”) designation seem to be running an advocacy campaign for the subject National Monument designation with no concern for constitutional law, or any semblance of a fairness doctrine similar to that of the FCC for broadcasters which requires fair and equal presentation of the points of view of two opposing parties. The SVVRRNM proponents, mentioned manabove, all seem to believe in the engagement of the unconstitutional power of misinterpretation thus leading the public to believe that President Obama alone can decide this issue and that his decision is final.


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The Monument Issue – An Overview

Members Call for Limitations on President’s Authority to Unilaterally Designate National Monuments

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 13, 2011) – Today, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a legislative hearing on six bills that would limit the President’s authority to use the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate new National Monuments within certain states.
Last year, an internal document from the Interior Department revealed 14 areas of federal land that the Obama Administration has identified as worthy of National Monument designation under the Antiquities Act. The proposed designations would lock-up millions of acres of public lands in the West, without local input or Congressional authority, and could restrict access for energy production, recreation, and other job-creating economic activities. To prevent unilateral Administrative action, these bills would require either state approval or authorization by Congress prior to a National Monument designation.

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Obama national monument designations destroy communities, extinguish mining claims

(June 13, 2014) After years of heated local debate and despite polling that shows the people are not behind the president, on May 21, Obama declared the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region of New Mexico, nearly 500,000 acres, a national monument—his eleventh such designation “so far.” Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Representative Ben Ray Lujan, (all D-NM) were present at the signing ceremony. The official Department of the Interior photo shows each of them with big smiles as they look on.

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Monumental Decision

Environmentalists and recreationists warn that unless Obama designates Greater Canyonlands National Monument, state control and its love of oil will destroy Southern Utah.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation to protect a remote corner of Southeastern Utah. The wild and strangely beautiful landscape—the standing remnants of the erosional forces of the Green and Colorado rivers—is cut apart by deep canyons; faulted and warped by buried salt domes; and covered with rock spires, towers, buttes and mesas.

The quest for the area to receive national park designation was fiercely contested by Utah politicians, many rural residents and those who represented mining, grazing and oil & gas interests. And when, on Sept. 12, 1964, it was all said and done and the area was officially designated as Canyonlands National Park, the final boundaries represented but a fraction of what the park’s original visionary, Bates Wilson, had intended.

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Fazendeville, the town razed to make way for the Chalmette National Monument

(January 8, 2015) “There [were] no cavalry coming over the hill,” to help residents of the doomed town, says a local historian. “The people you thought were the cavalry are shooting at YOU.”

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Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and its Impact

Common Misunderstandings About the Monument Proposal
Monumental Control of Our Lands

When wilderness supporters raced to create the Organ Mountains -Desert Peaks National Monument proposal early last year, they pushed to get their new proposal on President Obama’s desk before the 2012 presidential election. Why would they do this? Time Was Their Enemy! They were concerned that the business community would realize the wool was being pulled over their eyes before it was passed.

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Coast Dairies National Monument?
– Not So Fast

National Monument Status for Coast Dairies Public Lands Could Be More Harmful Than Helpful

(September 2015) Rep. Anna Eshoo and Sen. Barbara Boxer (California) have introduced into Congress bills to designate as a National Monument the 5,800-acre Coast Dairies public lands in Santa Cruz County, California, which is owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management. National Monument status will not add any legal protections that do not already exist, and the resulting overuse could seriously harm the land’s unique and fragile eco-system, its resources, and public safety.

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In Letter to Obama, LePage objects to 2 national monument proposals

One would designate a maritime monument in the Gulf of Maine, and the other would create a national monument on land in the Millinocket area.

(August 31, 2015) Gov. Paul LePage (Maine) has written to President Obama and the state’s congressional delegation to oppose the idea of establishing two national monuments in Maine. LePage wrote to Obama Friday to express disapproval of a proposal to designate areas within the Gulf of Maine as a national maritime monument. Obama has the authority to establish national monuments under the Antiquities Act.

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WHY are we still talking about a national park or monument in the Millinocket region?

(September 8, 2015) Maine – After reading the report, I am even more set against the suggestion that Quimby usurp Congress by having the president declare it a national monument that could later be designated a national park. After reading the language behind the criteria for a national park and the language in the Antiquities Act, I can’t help but see such a strategy as a manipulation of the process.

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National Park Week: Will a New National Park Destroy a Local Way of Life?

(April 8, 2014) Maine

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Obama About To Destroy 1.7 Million Acres Of Northern Arizona

(May 30, 2015) – Barack Obama, like so many other flaming liberals know little about effective land and wildlife management. Their actions often lead to the destruction of forests and other habitats and the loss of wildlife. Having a degree in wildlife management, I’ve seen far too many cases of this happening to share here.

Now Obama is about to make another huge environmental mistake that could lead to the destruction of 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona. He about to make a unilateral presidential designation of a new 1.7 million acre National Monument in the Grand Canyon Watershed (Monument). While many of you would think that this sounds like a good plan to save and preserve the land, allow me to share with you the reasons why the Arizona Game and Fish Department are adamantly opposed to the idea. The information I’m sharing came from an email I received from a close friend and former Arizona Game and Fish Department employee that was sent out originally by M. David Allen, President and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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Could This Happen Again? and in Sedona?

Arizona National Parks and Monuments Guide to Shutdown

Sedona AZ (October 3, 2013) – As of October 1, 2013, the federal government has shut down impacting the national parks and monuments. Visitors currently staying in accommodations in the parks, will have 48 hours to make alternative arrangements and depart the park. No new visitors will be allowed to enter and National Park Service facilities will be closed. The concessionaires will be allowed to keep the concessions open until the guests depart within 48 hours.

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