New national monument a sore spot for some Arizonans
Monument designation bans mining, timber cutting
and other large-scale development
January 11, 2000
Web posted at: 12:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT)
By Correspondent Jim Hill
GRAND CANYON, Arizona (CNN) -- President Clinton is
scheduled to visit
one of the most revered natural wonders in the United
States on Tuesday, the Grand Canyon. But
some nearby residents say they are not happy about
Clinton's visit and the reason for it.
The president is expected to expand the national
monument status of the region to include
about 1 million acres of land near the canyon.
Residents of Fredonia, Arizona, which is near the
proposed Grand Canyon/Parashant National Monument,
fear federal restrictions associated with national
monument status will replace their quiet lifestyle
with a hectic, tourist economy.
CNN's Jim Hill looks at the controversy sparked by the proposed Grand Canyon/Parashant National Monument.
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"I thought we were going to have some input," said
Fredonia Mayor Joy Jordan. "But
things have not worked out that way at all. So I feel
very sad and very helpless."
Clinton is using the federal Antiquities Act of 1906
to establish new national
monuments. The new designation would ban mining,
timber cutting or other large-scale
development, limiting the income of many area
residents involved in those industries.
Observers say the situation represents a struggle
between local governments -- which often serve
residents by making use of natural
resources -- and federal officials who want to
serve all citizens by preserving those same resources.
"These two things are clashing as development is
increasing," said Professor Sheldon
Kamieniecki of the University of Southern California.
"I think as we move into the century
that question is going to be how do you balance the
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Grand Canyon Tourism and National Park Information
Welcome to the State of Arizona
Proposed National Monument
Statement of the Honorable Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior
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