06/05/2017 Item 053
Board of Supervisors
06/05/2017 Item 053
9/11/2017 8:38:12 AM
5/26/2017 10:57:02 AM
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� vs CoC0 <br /> o <br /> 5, <br /> MOHAVE COUNTY BOARD of SUPERVISORS4.*BM vtadgailli <br /> ° <br /> P.O.Box 7000 700 West Beale Street Kingman,Arizona 86402-7000 S DITAT Deus .1?, <br /> Website—www.mohavecountv.us TDD-(928)753-0726 1864 • <br /> District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 <br /> Gary Watson Hildy Angius Buster D.Johnson Jean Bishop Steven Moss <br /> (928)753-0722 (928)758-0713 (928)453-0724 (928)753-8618 (928)758-0739 <br /> County Administrator/County Engineer Clerk of the Board <br /> Michael P.Hendrix,P.E. Ginny Anderson <br /> Telephone(928)753-0729 Telephone(928)753-0731 <br /> June 5, 2017 <br /> Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke <br /> Monument Review, MS-1530 <br /> U.S. Department of the Interior <br /> 1849 C Street NW <br /> Washington, DC 20240 <br /> Secretary Zinke, <br /> We are writing to you as the local governing body of Mohave County and on behalf of our constituents who would <br /> greatly benefit from the lifting of monument designations throughout Arizona. Under President Bill Clinton, 1.5 <br /> million acres of land was designated as a national monument in the northern part of Mohave County, also known <br /> as the Arizona Strip area. As you may be aware, our state currently has 18 national monuments. We have more <br /> monuments than any other state in the Country. Arizona is over 50% federal land and Mohave County is over <br /> 90%. We are writing to you today to express our concerns with national monuments that have been designated <br /> under past Presidents and how their designation has greatly impacted the economic development and growth of <br /> Arizona, Mohave County and our sister state of Utah. <br /> Many who grew up in Arizona from the 1950s through the 1970s know about the five C's.The Five C's are: Copper, <br /> Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate. In the early years of the state, the five C's were very important for jobs. <br /> Agriculture (farming), ranching and mining jobs helped bring people here to work and play. I remind you of this <br /> because it holds true today. The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Northern Arizona cut off nearly <br /> 300 billion tons of clean burning coal along with natural gas and crude oil for economic development in Mohave <br /> and Coconino Counties in Arizona as well as in Utah. Areas within the monument use to be home to some of the <br /> largest copper mining productions in the United States. The natural resources contained in this monument are <br /> being cut off from our taxpayers. Should the Parashant lose its monument status, economic development could <br /> finally occur on this land while at the same time still preserve it for future generations to enjoy. While county <br /> taxpayers are still feeling the crunch of the latest economic recession, taking away vital land that could be used for <br /> mining and/or certain forms of outdoor recreation and tourism only derails our economic recovery. <br /> The Grand Canyon-Parashant, Sonoran Desert, Vermillion Cliffs and the Ironwood Forest National Monument <br /> designations are taking away much needed economic development for our state. Over 2 million acres is taken up <br /> by just these four out of 18 monuments we currently have. I strongly believe that monument designation does <br />
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